United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Boss, Ms. Karin Landgren
UNMIL Concerned About Over-Crowded Bopolu Central Prison
By Emmanuel Mondaye, LINA Gbarpolu County Correspondent
BOPOLU CITY, April 22 (LINA) - An official of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Correction Advisory Unit (CAU), Madam Esther Ojeah, has expressed concern about the over-crowdedness of the Bopolu Central Prison in Gbarpolu County.
Madam Ojeah was speaking Tuesday when she and other UNMIL correction personnel held brief discussions with Stipendiary Magistrate R. Zenneh Walters of the Bopolu Magisterial Court.
Madam Ojeah said the prison, which was constructed for only 16 persons, now hosts 53 inmates, something she was “worrisome.”
She informed Magistrate Walters that during their visit to the prison compound, they saw several prisoners with wounds and that some female inmates were sleeping in the corridor of the prison cells, which, she noted, violates their basic human rights.
She said if urgent judicial measures were not taken to address the situation, there could be an outbreak of diseases among the prisoners.
She then pleaded with Magistrate Walters to ensure that those being held in detention are given speedy trial to reduce the number of prisoners currently behind bars at the prison.
Madam Ojeah was accompanied to the Magisterial Court by UNMIL Human Rights Officer Stephen Ricks.