Inmates Alarm Prison Overcrowd
Inmates detained at the Gbarnga Central Prison have expressed complete frustration and indignation as a result of the over Crowdedness of the prison facility.
Some of the Inmates Speaking to our Bong County Correspondent while behind bars stated that the overcrowds of the prison is causing serious embarrassment to them, adding that they no longer have sufficient standing or sitting area in the cells.
They said, though they do not expect the prison to be comfortable like their homes, they should be a little bit satisfied because the prison centers are also meant for rehabilitation.
“We are facing major problems here; we urinate and do everything here. We are surviving by the grace of God, I don’t think any human being can survive here” John Kesselle, one of the Inmates age 30 who has been locked up for four years, facing a charge of robbery with violence –a capital offense told our Bong County Correspondent.
“Because of congestion, people here sleep pressed body to body and this body contact lead to many of us encountering sicknesses” Mr. Kesselle adds.
According to him, their only fear at the moment is sickness adding that some of their colleagues currently have some unknown sicknesses which they might encounter as a result of the body contacts.
Also speaking on behalf of their colleagues, John Bokoh commonly known as “Double Trouble” stressed the need for the government to transfer them to the Grand Gedeh prison instead of being kept in a very tiny cell in Bong County
Mr. Boko who is serving twenty years imprisonment as a result of rape stated that the over crowdedness of the Gbarnga Prison center is a serious impediment to their lives.
He wants the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Justice to quickly intervene in the appalling situation.
At the same time, one of the Rehabilitation Officers who requested anonymity claims that the Gbarnga central prison is the worst congested prison in the Country.
He told The Monrovia Times that the situation is even making their jobs harder.
Pointing at one of the cells, the Prison guard said
“this cell is meant for only three persons, but there are currently nine persons in there as a result of the huge numbers of inmates”
The Head of the Gbarnga Central Prison Janeh Mulbah who refused to speak with Newsmen horribly summed the frustrations shared by the prison staff and prisoners alike.
According to her, the story is the same everywhere in Liberian jails. She attributed the over crowdedness of the jail to the delay of complainants to follow up their cases for adjudication.
When contacted by our Bong County Correspondent about the Inmates concerns, Bong County Attorney Jonathan N. Flomo stated that he has concluded talks with the Ministry of Justice to ensure the transfer of long-term convicts from Gbarnga to the Grand Gedeh prison.
According to him, the ministry is only awaiting the dry season at which time the road to Grand Gedeh will be a little better.
Att. Flomo stated that the Gbarnga Central Prison is meant for only one hundred and thirty prisoners but they currently have about two hundred prisoners at the center.
He wants the Inmates to remain calm as the Ministry looks forward to battling the over crowdedness of the Gbarnga Central Prison.