14 December 2013

Angola: Government Seeks Better Prison Conditions

The Government is investing to improve accommodation of prison inmates, through the plan of rehabilitation and creation of new prison infrastructures around the country.

This was said Friday in Luanda by the Secretary of State of Interior, Eugénio Laborinho.

The Secretary was speaking at the inauguration of a new prison in Calomboloca, municipality of Icolo e Bengo, Luanda province.

He announced that other new infrastructures of the kind will be inaugurated next year. According to the official, the Ministry of Interior is engaged in a programme of rehabilitation and construction of new prisons, with a view to improving the accommodation of the inmates and their social reintegration, once they serve their sentences.

There has been of late several brawls among prison inmates, especially in Luanda. In this respect, the official stressed the need for conditions for the inmates to feel safe while serving their sentences.

Luanda has currently more than 6,000 prisoners, among sentenced and sentence-awaiting inmates.

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