The Justice Sector Development Programme (JSDP) is constructing a structure for female prisoners at the state prison in Kenema.
The officer commanding the prison, Superintendent Ransford Williams, said the construction project would make provision for eight rooms for female juveniles, toilet and office facilities.
He added that, “the project is a long boost to the Kenema state prison, as it will help solve the problem of congestion.”
O.C Williams further stated that the prison was currently hosting 169 males and seven female prisoners.
He noted that they were not getting much support from the Kenema government hospital in terms of medication for prisoners.
Speaking to one of the prison nurses Kumba Sewa, she explained that there was no electricity supply to the penitentiary for several months now.
She added that sometimes the taps would be bare of running water in the warders’ quarters, coupled with other constraints such as no supply of blankets for years among the host.