Crisis at urban prisons – Accommodation problems rise along with health concerns

Crisis at urban prisons – Accommodation problems rise along with health concerns

Crisis at urban prisons – Accommodation problems rise along with health concerns

Written by Staff Writer

27 Aug, 2017 | 10:34 pm

Inmates at several prisons across the country have shown concern at a crisis involving accommodation.

According to the Prisons Department, the crisis has worsened in the urban prisons.

There are 30 prisons and remand prisons established in the country, with close to 18,500 suspects and criminals imprisoned.

Urban Prisons – The Numbers

Welikada Prison (Colombo)

Capacity: 3500
Currently housing: 1174

New Magazine Prison (Borella)

Capacity: 680
Currently housing: 1200

The Colombo Remand Prison

Capacity: 380
Currently housing: 1000

Negombo Remand Prison

Capacity: 680
Currently housing: 1100

According to the Prisons Dept., prisons in Colombo and other urban areas take in close to 200-300% of inmates.

The media spokesperson of the department stated that the numbers cause certain obstructions for inmates in their day to day lives and that it also creates health concerns.

“Which is why the government has taken a decision to relocate certain prisons. The Bogambara and Jaffna prisons have already been relocated. It has also been proposed to relocate the Tangalle Prison. Moreover, the Galle, Matara, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Welikada prisons have been identified as prisons which could be relocated from the urban areas and to build them with a proper rehabilitative environment,” said Thushara Upuldeniya, Media Spokesperson, Prisons Department.

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