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Some Officers in the Ministry of Prisons had received death threats after the Minister took steps to rid the prisons of corruption and drugs, Prison Reforms Minister Ms Thalatha Atukorale said,

Speaking to the media after a function held in Ratnapura, the Minister said she would take any decision that was needed to transform the prisons into correctional centres despite such threats.

She recalled that a rushed decision had to be taken recently in respect of drug-related offences as drug business controlled by some people from within prisons had been doing a great harm to society.

She said that for the first time in the history a Prisons Police Unit with necessary legal powers had been installed in order to intervene in the affairs of the prisons after the Prisons Intelligence Unit was disbanded.

“The Prison Intelligence Unit was founded in 2010 and there was nobody to take responsibility for the actions of that unit for the past eight years,” she said.

“Some decisions, taken according to the wishes of the officials have been changed at the interference of politicians. That shouldn't be the case,” she said.

“There should be strict discipline among the Prisons Officers as they are not dealing with people living in an ordinary environment as in the outside world,” she said.

However, the Minister added that officers should be committed to protecting the prisoners as well as their rights.

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  • Ronnie Bugger Monday, 20 August 2018 08:53 AM

    This is one Minister who appear to be doing what she is being given to do to the best of her ability. Keep it up, Dear Lady.

    Lord Wolfstein Monday, 20 August 2018 09:39 AM

    Unlike politicians, prison officers should be allowed to carry pistols outside their prison-duty for self-defense.

    Observer Monday, 20 August 2018 11:24 AM

    You want to create another mafia?

    lakshitha Monday, 20 August 2018 10:01 AM

    we commend ur good work,,carry on fearlessly

    Observer Monday, 20 August 2018 11:28 AM

    An outstanding minister.Undue interference by the politicians is the root cause of all this.

    willowsd Monday, 20 August 2018 12:00 PM

    Good work Madam

    Waco Monday, 20 August 2018 12:16 PM

    Do not forget, there is a silent lot admiring and supporting service your dedicated service. Cheers.

    Sulaiman Monday, 20 August 2018 01:04 PM

    We are proud ugly problems prevailed and who send to prison to come out as best citizens became worst is being put stop by a lady able minister . Best wishes All those discuss prison reforms praise Hon Thalatha

    Ceylon Monday, 20 August 2018 01:15 PM

    Threat????.any one arrested and punished????.just empty talks.

    Kumara Dharmarathne Monday, 20 August 2018 01:17 PM

    Madam, Please don't fear to do justice and the right thing. Keep up your good work and it will always be rewarded. Don't care the noise of slaves of bankrupt politicians. It does not carry anything.

    Very Serious Monday, 20 August 2018 01:39 PM

    Very serious situation. IF the drug peddlers going to dominate like this, the our whole country will go into UNDER WORLD. Deploy military personnel to combat.

    rosebud Monday, 20 August 2018 02:24 PM

    Way to go Madam Minister!!

    jayantha Monday, 20 August 2018 02:30 PM

    This lady gives the people hope . A future leader of SL .


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