Maryland County Representative Bhofal Chambers
Chambers Urges House Members To Protect Rights Of Pre-Trial Detainees
By Wilfred Gortor
MONROVIA, October 5 (LINA) – Maryland County Representative Bhofal Chambers has urged members of the House of Representatives to take steps to protect the rights and well-being of inmates prior to court trials.
Chambers observed that inmates awaiting court trial at various prisons around the country are not being sufficiently attended to and are left to languish in deplorable prison cells, something which, he noted, does not augur well for the well-being of detainees.
Chambers’ statement was contained in a letter dated September 29, which was read at the 9th Day Extraordinary Sitting of the 4th Session of the 53rd Legislature.
According to the lawmaker, as a representative of the people, both free and bound, it falls within the purview of the legislators to do all they can to protect the rights and civil liberties of the citizenry.
Chambers explained that he has received verbal complaints from detainees about the inadequacy of food supplies and unconducive state of the prison cells in which they are kept.
Chambers who is Chairman of the House Standing Committee on National Defense, asserted that some of these detainees are totally innocent of acts they have been accused of, but they are made to endure lengthy time behind bars without trial.
The Maryland lawmaker noted that while such terrain of inadequate care does not augur well for male suspects or detainees, he wondered what it would be like for a female inmate to be in such detention center.
Chambers then urged the House to invite the Minister of Justice and the Director of Police before Plenary to explain the condition of detainees at the various prisons in the country.