Abdullah orders inmates beyond jail terms freed
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chief executive officer Abdullah Abdullah on Thursday directed the authorities concerned to take measures for releasing prisoners whom jail sentences had expired but they continued to languish.
Abdullah, who chaired a meeting of the High Council on Prisons and Rehabilitation Centres, directed the ministries of interior and public health to implement the protocol under which the responsibility of providing healthcare services to prisoners would be gradually transferred from the public health ministry to the interior.
Interior Minister Noorul Haq Ulumi, who is member of the high council on prisons, told the meeting that a lack of proper sleeping places, health facilities, improper location of prisons in provinces, space shortage and insufficient guards were some of the basic problems.
A statement from the CEO’s office quoted Ulumi as saying the situation of prisons was deteriorating with each passing day and standards could not be met due to a lack of budget. However, he said female prisons were in relatively better condition than men’s.
The minister said jails in 14 provinces were equal to nothing because the facilities were not suitable for prisoners to live in.
Literacy trainings for prisoners, timely access to their cases, preventing drugs supply to them and providing them with healthcare facilities were some of the subjects discussed by the council members, the statement said.
Abdullah said kindergartens should be established in women’s jails for children. He tasked the high council on prisons with taking serious measures to release inmates having served their sentences.
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