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Government to Extend Correctional Centres– Avers VP Dr. Jalloh

Government to Extend Correctional Centres– Avers VP Dr. Jalloh Featured

His Excellency the Vice President Dr. Juldeh Jalloh has said that the government is working towards extending Correctional Centres across the country.

He made this disclosure past Saturday during his tour of the Mafanta Correctional Centre, Magburaka.
Addressing a gathering of corrections officers and some inmates, who collected about him, the Vice President said he went there as part of his routine visits to the Tonkoliki District.

“I decided to come visit this centre because I am the chairman of both the Police and Correctional Service Councils.”
He owned up to the fact that it was their duty as a government to ensure that the condition of the Correctional Service as well as the well being of inmates is at its best.
“As I look at most of you now, I can tell that most of you are below thirty-five years old. You are young, full of energy and you have the prospect of a bright future,” he observed.
The VP went on to say that the government is highly expectant that the corrections programmes that are being implemented by the SLCS will be of benefit to inmates.

Encouraging inmates to make good use of training opportunities being offered by the SLCS, the VP said when they (inmates) eventually come out of Correctional Centres, they should become “useful citizens, good citizens, who would make families and live happily ever after”.
“We are telling you that all is not lost yet; the only way you can survive is by being a law abiding citizen,” he admonished.

While making his own submissions, the Director General of the SLCS- Mr. Sanpha Bilo Kamara, expressed delight over the VP’s tour of that centre, adding Dr. Juldeh Jalloh was the first VP to have shown up at the Mafanta Correctional Centre.

 

A couple of weeks ago, it could be recalled that both mainstream and social media were awash with unpleasant photos and videos depicting a negative image about the SLCS. Since then, the government, in tandem with the SLCS has been working relentlessly to bring about a sound solution to the problems of overcrowding and inmates’ welfare.

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INMATES TO START RECEIVING INCENTIVES FOR WORK

The Sierra Leone Correctional Service (SLCS) is currently working on a set of policies that will protect inmates’ rights to receive incentives for any service they render.
Past weekend, high powered delegation of the SLCS converged at the Corrections Officers Training School, Waterloo, to deliberate matters which will be factored into the operating procedure for incentives and earned privileges for inmates.
One of the two facilators of the workshop, cum the Director of Human Resources SLCS, Mr. Dennis Harman, informed the gathering that the inmates earning scheme will cover three informal employment categories: service workers, industry workers, and community service workers.
He said that no inmate will be forced to do any work, underscoring inmates will have to volunteer themselves to work in any of the said categories of service.
“The rates for incentive allowances,” he went on, “might range from 0.00 SLL per day to 1,000 SLL.”
All inmates will not receive equal amount for work, because there will be skilled (enhanced), semi- skilled (standard), and unskilled (basic) labourers among the lot, according to Mr. Harman.
“Apart from cash incentive, inmates who work will also be entitled to minor incentives such as tea, fruits, scraps of materials, and the use of plant and equipment for personal projects,” he noted.
Revealing the fact that each inmate will have his/her own account to which the daily amount will be credited on a weekly basis, Deputy Director General SLCS- Mr. Joseph Lamboi said it must be understood that the provision of work for inmates by the SLCS does not constitute a formal employment relationship.
” People should understand that we don’t give money to inmates for nothing; they earn it by working.”
It could be recalled that a major impediment to the establishment of a well functioning industry section within SLCS is that the inmates earning scheme is not in operation, albeit provided for in the Prison Rules of 1961, it is no longer efficate. It is against this backdrop that policies for inmates earning scheme are now being developed to be eventually encoded in the Sierra Leone Correctional Service Act 2014, upon review.

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SLCS Pilots Probation Service

SLCS Pilots Probation Service

The Sierra Leone Correctional Service (SLCS) in conjunction with the International Bureau of Narcotics and Law (INL), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has come up with a new system (Probation) that is aimed at transforming the mindset of both male and female inmates, across the country.

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