Destroyed documents to be collected from respective courts

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The Prison Department is to collect the criminal records of the prisoners in remand for narcotic offences from respective courts destroyed after the records room of the Magazine remand prison was set on fire during riots on Tuesday, a senior prison officer said.

“Most of the records destroyed were their character reports prepared by prison officers and criminal records. Character reports are prepared for future reference in order to deduct their prison term if they are behaving well for a considerable time period without causing any problems,” he said.

A sub-report compiled by an independent commission set up to probe the riots will be handed over to the Minister of Prison Reforms Chandrasiri Gajadeera will be handed over tomorrow.

The riots which took place in the Magazine remand prison had cost a damage of Rs.10 million to the Prison Department.

The inmates had protested against strict measures implemented by the new superintendent. The Superintended of Prisons (SP) had cracked down on all methods used by the prisoners to smuggle in drugs into the Magazine prison where 1,800 remand prisoners are accommodated presently.

Meanwhile the Colombo Crime Division (CCD) is conducting investigations into the riots as they had damaged state property and also the criminal aspect of the incident. A probe into the clash and the protest has already being initiated by the Prisons Department.

According to the police a case can be filed against the prisoners in courts for damaging state property. (Supun Dias)
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  • Raj Monday, 30 January 2012 09:02 AM

    Government should convert all these document to e-documents and store them in a safe place (in some other building) with back-up stored in a different location.

    jegath Monday, 30 January 2012 12:45 AM

    how about the document of the suspicious tiger prisoners??

    Nodrog Monday, 30 January 2012 01:51 AM

    Maybe a good time to get things in-order to start upgrading and organizing the records system.

    jegath Monday, 30 January 2012 04:34 AM

    "how about the document of the suspicious tiger prisoners?? They have never been produced in front of the courts" - This is the comment i posted.. where is the latter half ? censored ?

    Sena Monday, 30 January 2012 06:09 AM

    We are living in an advanced computer age. In the matter of reorganising the current documentation system, it should be very appropriate to consider the adoption and maintenance of a computer data base of prisoners that incorporates, among others, digital impressions of all relevant individual prisoner records.

    Sena Monday, 30 January 2012 06:23 AM

    The new Superintendant of Prisons (SP) deserves commendation for the effective and determined measures he has adopted to interrupt the flow of narcotics and drugs to prisoners. Let us hope that he will not get deterred by this ugly incident and continue to do his good work with renewed vigour and effort. Our country is in desperate need for public servants of his calibre.

    Sammy Monday, 30 January 2012 06:27 AM

    Why are Records stored so close to the place where prisoners are kept?


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