July 25, 2019
By Joseph S. Margai, Strategic Communications Coordinator (Office of the President)
Deputy Director General of the Sierra Leone Correctional Service (SLCS), Dennis Harman, has disclosed that the Government of Sierra Leone has on Monday, 8th July, 2019, supplied beddings to 4438 inmates at the various correctional centres across the country.
Dennis Harman, who was speaking exclusively on Tuesday, 23rd July, 2019, made the above disclosure in his office at the SLCS headquarters in New England Ville, Freetown.
“The supplies include foam mattresses, pillows, blankets, among others. We have currently embarked on the distribution of these beddings to the various correctional centres in the Western Area Urban and those in the provinces,” he said.
He said the supply of beddings is done once every year, but most times, it is done at the beginning of the rainy season.
“During the rainy season, the atmosphere would become very cold and to keep the inmates warm, we would change their beddings during this period. So, the supply of beddings at this time of the year is always timely,” he said.
He disclosed that a new correctional centre, which is under construction at Waterloo, is expected to be completed by the first week of August, 2019, adding that the new centre would host 120 male and 10 female inmates, thereby helping to decongest the Male Correctional Centre on Pademba Road in Freetown.
In an effort to enhance food security and support the government in providing food for the inmates, SLCS has prioritised the cultivation of crops in the provincial areas.
According to SLCS’ Deputy Director General, they are currently embarking on inland valley swamps (IVS) farming in Kabala, Mafanta, etc., and 60 hectares land have been cultivated with sorghum, corn, cassava, rice, etc. in Mafanta.
He said construction exercise of child friendly centres for children of female inmates is at a completion stage in Freetown and Kenema.