Soon to come – the Sierra Leone Correctional Service Center
As part of the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ mandate is the supervision and management of all sectors under its purview, the ministry of internal affairs in a not too distant future will table before the well of parliament, the Sierra Leone Correctional Service Bill for ratification into law.
Indisputable sources have it that as soon the Bill becomes law, prison officers will be referred to as correctional officers, prisoners will be inmates, and the Maximum Pademba Road prison as the Correctional Center. It was revealed that inmates will have the opportunity to be empowered in farming skills as the department has acquired farm lands in Kenema, Moyamba and Mafanta with power tillers and farm tools provided by the Justice Sector Development Project to aid in the cultivation of these lands.
It was further revealed that the Correctional Center will be embarking on vocational skills with training in carpentry, arts and crafts, weaving, sewing, and metal works, with a showroom to display the products from various handy works by inmates, thereby making them more useful.
In order to aid officers of the prison department to work under the new system with ease, the Government of Sierra Leone, in collaboration with the Nigerian Government, has awarded 36 scholarships to train cadet officers.
In another development, investigations reveal that the service of an international legal expert with security law and justice experience has been contacted to define the legal framework and standards to form the bedrock of a foundation for building the capacity of the ministry. In an interview with the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs Raymond Kabbia it was noted that the cabinet has authorized his Ministry to introduce the Integrated and Automated Security Data and Information system that will profile international passengers, register citizens and non citizens, foreign workers, and properties.
The Integrated and Automated Security Data and Information will help detect crime through a Global Policing Network that will enhance development of the country and provide a database for all non immigrants, an integrated identification system, a passport with micro chips for social service, thus creating a central bio data information pool for all nationals and non nationals residing in Sierra Leone.
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