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SIERRA LEONE CORRECTIONAL SERVICE NEWSLETTER
The Correctional Service finds itself at the tail end of the criminal Justice Chain: This involves all the activities and actors dealing with policing, prosecution (Police), Judgement (Judiciary) and sanctions (Corrections). Because of the paradigm shift in penal administration in Sierra Leone; moving from Prisons to Corrections, the role of the correctional service should not be limited to imposing the sanctions prescribed by the courts but by designing and implementing treatment programmes for inmates which, at the end of their terms in the correctional centres, communities would be expecting persons that have been reformed,
rehabilitated and ready to conform to the norm of
Director General, society as they reintegrate. Sierra Leone Correctional Service
More often than not, there always exists mistrust between operators behind the walls (corrections officers) and the speculators outside the wall (public) whose perception permeates around negativism in so far as the duties of correctional service personnel are concerned. In order to restore confidence in the services of corrections officers, this administration is bent on removing the wall between the public and operations of the correctional administration which had hitherto being perceived as taboo place in secret.
One among several ways we could achieve this is through information sharing which will remove the element of speculation over our activities which mostly take place behind the perimeter walls of our centres. Criticism will never end, but where positive reforms are introduced and critics are able to evaluate and determine the positive impact it would have on the greater majority, then we expect constructive criticism if not commendation.
“The Sierra Leone Correctional Service has moved mountains” UNDP Commends
Key donor partner of the Sierra Leone Correctional Service- the United Nations Development Programme has acknowledged that the SLCS “has moved mountains with support provided under the US/INL project… and the agreed ‘From Prisons to Corrections’ project objectives”.
The ‘Prisons to Corrections’ focal person of UNDP SL – Louise Aaen acknowledged this, after four years of partnership with the SLCS, during which the SLCS has made significant strides towards the implementation of the dictates of standard offender management principles.
Louise pointed out that the SLCS has improved in files management, separation of categories, access to clean water and sanitation, and improvement in inmates’ diet.
Another worthy of note thing the UNDP also picked up was how much the SLCS had opened its doors to media institutions, which is demonstrated in the publication of articles on newspapers, and granting of radio and TV interviews courtesy of the SLCS’ rebranded ‘Public Relations unit’.
The UNDP found out that “the SLCS has made impressive progress in some facilities to build on the industries master plan with a specific focus on Agriculture which shows real potential in the SLCS in becoming self- reliant…”
Particularly, she praised the efforts exerted by Regional Commander North and the Officer- in- charge of the Makeni Correctional Centre, despite minimal fund they received, for ensuring the construction of a visiting bay “ensuring family and relatives have easy access to visits as well as prepare the former isolation unit to house the female inmates”.
Moreover, the Bo Correctional Centre which was recently tormented by the media and the public for the outburst of scabies- skin disease and acute shortage water supply, has finally been relieved of those worries, according to Aaen.
“The Bo Correctional Facility received water through new piping and establishment of water taps inside the facility on the day of the UNDP visit (15 November 2018) and the OiC was thrilled as this had been a key problem and threat to the cleanliness and sanitation of the facility.”
Inmates are trained in so many skills such as tailoring, capentry, shoe making, metal works, bead making, electronic device repairs, food processing such as gari, palm oil and bread baking etc.
Sierra Correctional Service Male Football Team
Sierra Leone Correctional Service Female Football Team
MALE FOOTBALL FIXTURES
FEMALE FOOTBALL FIXTURES
15/07/2018 A VS B
19/07/2018 B VS D
21/07/2018 A VS D
23/07/2018 B VS E
24/07/2018 A VS E
27/07/2018 B VS F
27/07/2018 A VS F
30/07/2018 B VS G