This article was last updated on May 25, 2022
Abel Makoi Wol made the statement at the opening of the second National Prisons Development Committee (PDC) meeting under the theme “Prisons Industries And Agriculture: The Backbone Of Prisoner’s Rehabilitation”.
The prisons chief said that there are about 6650 prisoners in the country of which more than 4000 are convicted with 1600 on remand while others are children.
He also noted that the prisons are inadequate and that the inmates have accepted to endure the environment.
Since South Sudan gained independence last year, the government has been trying to improve given that the liberated areas only had containment centers.
According to him, South Sudan has a long way to go to meet the international standards. He advised on the need to have constant workshops and farms where the prisoners can produce for themselves or even make handcrafts.
This will ensure that the prisoners become productive members when they get out of prison.
Meanwhile the Chief Correction Advisory of United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Richard Kuri hailed the prisons service for cooperating with them in building human capacity, training and infrastructure as this are the areas that need to be strengthened if South Sudan is to reach international standards.
Kuri added that the mission have been working on restructuring of the prisons service and also called on other partners to help in this sector.
Speaking on the same occasion, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tito Achuil Madut said that the prisons, police and the judiciary are inseparable and they need to work in uniform if success is to be realised.