REVEALED! 2192 Prisoners Countrywide


By Thomas S. Kembay

The Chief Justice, Hon. Desmond Babatunde Edwards has during the closure of the Criminal Session, last Friday, 18th January, disclosed that he would soon visit all the Correctional Centers countrywide to have firsthand information on the constraints and challenges facing inmates and workers.

According to the Chief Justice, the main Correctional Centre in Freetown was built for 325 inmates but that at the moment, its houses over a thousand.

The Chief Justice stated that he has been briefed by the Spokesman of the Correctional Service that inmates are being well taken care of with adequate medical attention and food.

Earlier, Superintendent Jonathan Wilson from the Sierra Leone Correctional Service disclosed that there are 2192 prisoners in custody nationwide. Out of the said figure, he said, 473 of them have been indicted, while 20 are without indictments and their matters have been committed to the High Court. 45 of the inmates, he said, have been condemned and are on death row at the Freetown Correctional Centre, including two women, while 19 are sentenced to life imprisonment, including three women. He further disclosed that there are currently 19 foreigners, predominantly Africans, serving jail terms for various offences.