Rs 41 Million for a Prison for Pirates

9 years, 1 month ago - May 30, 2013
2013 will be an important year for the prison services in Mauritius. A new prison, which will house 60 Somali pirates currently detained at home, under construction in Beau Bassin. The project will require Rs 41 million. This is was stated Fong Weng Poorun 'Senior Chief Executive' of the Prime Minister's Office, during a ceremony certificates to Beau-Bassin prison Wednesday.

"Construction is progressing and this year we will see many changes in the prison service," she said. It also listed the various government initiatives in this area.

Thus, Ms. Poorun recalled that the Prison Service are engaged in a project called 'e-Prison at a cost of Rs 32 million with the help of the Indian government. The project should be completed by next August.

The project to build an open women prison near the Correctional Youth Centre Prison has been launched and will be completed by the end of 2014. There will also be the opening of the new high-security prison in Melrose late August. "This prison is the first high-security prison built since independence," said the representative of the Prime Minister's Office. It was added that the reforms in the prison service are a priority for the government. "We need to bring reforms for effective management, a dynamic rehabilitation and reintegration and reduce recidivism," she said.

To the Commissioner of Prisons Jean Bruneau, one of the objectives of the Prison Service is to develop opportunities for all prison officers. Thirteen women officers have completed eight months of training.

 

Text by Le Matinal

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