More than 20 female prisoners moved to Lautoka
16:44 Mon Dec 04, 2017
Report by: Ana Ravulo
More than twenty female prisoners in the Suva Prison were moved to the new Women’s Lautoka Corrections Facility today.
While opening the facility, the Attorney General says having only one prison for females has made it difficult for their family members to visit them.
“It means it minimizes the ability of their family members. Minimizes the ability of their children and other relatives to be able to constantly be in touch with family members who have been incarcerated which again means that they have less support.”
Sayed-Khaiyum says by doing this convicted female prisoners have been denied their rights.
“So we have been denying this women those fundamental rights of theirs. So even though the person maybe convicted, it does not mean we deny them of their fundamental rights. Now this investment for government is a very small price to pay to ensure that we’re able to fulfill the rights of these people.”
The women’s corrections facility costs close to $5million and only caters for 24 women.
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