COVID cases associated with Prisons on the rise

Sunday, 22 November 2020 - 19:55

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Including 43 Prison officials, the number of coronavirus patients reported from Prisons has increased to 656.

Director of Prisons Health Services Dr. Priyantha Atapattu stated that steps have been taken to increase the number of Public Health Inspectors attached to prisons from tomorrow (23) for the health care of inmates.

Meanwhile, a special discussion is set to be held tomorrow (23) between Prison Reforms and Prisoners’ Rehabilitation State Minister Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle and Justice Minister Ali Sabry regarding reducing the congestion in prisons with the spread of the coronavirus.

The Prison Reforms and Prisoners’ Rehabilitation State Ministry stated that it has been decided to expedite the legal proceedings of 6,334 remand prisoners charged for possession with less than two grams of heroin and less than five kilograms of cannabis.