Deputy Master and Registrar of the High Court of Sierra Leone, Steven Mansaray, says that the Pademba Road prison is ‘unfit’ for inmates, as most of the facilities are in a detiorable state.
He said among the many problems faced by the prisons, is the issue of overcrowding in prison cells, as the prison which was built to accommodate around 300 inmates, now holds more than 1,100, including many juveniles.
Mansaray said review into backlog cases is currently underway, so as to ensure the decongestion of the Pademba road prison cells.
Many prisoners say they are subjected to prolonged stays in holding cells, as some sixty prisoners share a 25 sq m cell and are locked in for 16 hours at a stretch, with a single bucket for a toilet.
‘There are no beds or mattresses, as scabies and other infectious diseases are rife’, they disclosed to AWOKO.
The Master and Registrar of the court said “it is shameful for our inmates to be treated cruelly,” and called for improved services at the Pademba Prison.
He said the justice sector of the Government of Sierra Leone remains committed and determined to transform the Pademba Road Prisons.
The Public Relations officer, Mohamed Opinto Jimmy, told Awoko, that they are faced with acute shortage of water for drinking and domestic use within the prisons and calls for urgent help.