Friday, June 24, 2011

Over 250 detainees escaped from Sri Lanka prisons in 2010

June 23, Colombo:
The Prisons Department of Sri Lanka says that last year over 250 detainees had escaped from the country's prisons.
The Prisons Department's Performance Report for 2010 that has been presented to Parliament states that 251 detainees had escaped from prisons around the country with the highest escapes of 43 being recorded from the Welikada Prison in Colombo.
The other inmates who have escaped are 14 inmates from Bogambara, 21 from Mahara, 13 from Watarekka and 26 from Pallekele.
The report has also stated that persons in remand prison have also escaped.
Meanwhile, 15,839 prisoners had been granted amnesties in 2010 and 12,861 prisoners have been released under the prisons' general amnesty.
Sri Lanka's Prison Reforms and Rehabilitation Ministry has meanwhile, initiated prison reforms aimed at easing the congestion in prisons island wide.
Source: Colombo Page 

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