Community-based correctional process expected to reduce prison overcrowding
Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, State Minister of Prison Reforms and Prisoner Rehabilitation, told the officials of the Department of Community Based Corrections that the community based correctional process could be of great help in reducing overcrowding in prisons.
She stated this at a discussion held at the Ministry Auditorium on the future plans of the Community Based Corrections Department yesterday (28).
The Minister further stated that the majority of the inmates are remand prisoners and have been arrested for drug offenses.
She also spoke in appreciation of the service rendered by the Community Based Correctional Officers who seek to redress the grievances of offenders and to repatriate them as good people who are useful to society.
The Minister also said that it would be important to draw the attention of the general public with the assistance of the District Development Committees, Divisional Secretariats as well as Local Government Institutions to this process.
Under the Community Based Amendment Act No. 46 of 1999, when a Court convicts an offender of imprisonment for less than two years, the Court issues a Community Based Correction Order instead of imposing a prison sentence or fine on the offender, directing them to an effective rehabilitation process.
The Community Based Corrections Department has been working in this regard for over 20 years and is conducting community correction proceedings in around 125 Magistrate Courts and Courts islandwide.