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444 prisoners pardoned to ease congestion

6,000 inmates within two months

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Considering the congestion in prisons that has drastically increased during the past two months, with a substantial number being remanded over narcotics-related activities, a presidential pardon has been granted to 444 prisoners in 28 prisons, the Prison Department said.

Among the 426 males and 18 females who were released, 83 -- 79 males and four females were from the Welikada Prison.

Inmates from Magazine, Colombo Remand, Ambepussa, Anuradhpura, Badulla, Batticaloa, Bogambara, Boossa, Pallansena, Galle, Jaffna, Kadurugas Ara, Kalurata, Kuruwita, Mahara, Matara, Monaragala, Negombo, Pallakale, Polonnaruwa, Thaldena, Agunukolapelessa, Trincomalee, Wariyapola, Vavuiya, Wataraka, Wirawila were the others to be released.

Meanwhile, according to Prisons Chief Thushara Upuldeniya, more than 6,000 people related to drug offences have been jailed during the past two months resulting in prison congestion.

He said the prisons could accomadate only 11,762 inmates but there are currently more than 29,500 and highlighted the dearth of prison guards.

“We have prepared a five-year plan to address the issues of congestion in prisons and lack of officials. We hope to present it to the relevant authorities by next week,” Mr. Upuldeniya said. “In respect to the congestion in Prisons, we have decided to introduce an alternative rehabilitation system for drug addicts and kept separately.”

Meanwhile, according Prisons Department statistics, direct admission of convicted and drug offenders was 44,287 in 2019. (Sheain Fernandopulle)


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  • ajantha Fernando Tuesday, 01 September 2020 05:14 PM

    lock up your daughters and your kids the criminals are out....

    Samson Tuesday, 01 September 2020 07:22 PM

    Releasing suspects is not the solution. Govt must construct new prisons and extend existing to accommodate suspects and convicts.

    Eichmann Bernhard (Germany) Tuesday, 01 September 2020 07:54 PM

    How much of this are corrupt politicians, drug dealers and other criminal people?

    Manoj Wednesday, 02 September 2020 12:49 PM

    Will Duminda Silva be in that list.

    Siri Wednesday, 02 September 2020 03:32 PM

    Pardoning to ease the congestion is unimaginable and futile. What is the next step? Not imprisoning at all for certain crimes? 1. A thorough study on root causes of main crimes 2. In depth community education through religious


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