Sierra Leone Corrections Service - Powering Performance Management and Innovation
Why should the prisons be called correctional facilities? Many argue that prisoners never come out better than they went in. Parliamentarian Foday Rado Yokie opined that majority of inmates who had served terms behind bars do more harm than previously upon being released, and called on prison officers to supervise and monitor inmates with a view to rehabilitating them. Skeptics say its all about public relations. It’s the same reason why solitary confinement is now called administrative segregation. It makes a better sound in public. Is that really the reason?
Ajibola Manley Spain, Sierra Leone parliamentarian and chair of the pre-legislative committee said the bill Corrections Act will repeal the 1960 Act governing prisons in Sierra Leone. The new bill would support the classification of prisoners as well as provide prisoners with minimal support while in detention.
The current prisons system is greatly challenged by the lack of an appropriate prisons system, unclear rules, delays of court processes, and poor records management.
The Corrections Acts should impact positively on overcrowding in prisons in Sierra Leone. Contrary to popular opinion, however, prisons can actually rehabilitate inmates. Rehabilitation has a lot to do with the inmates attitude, much more than the systems in place for such transformation. Inmates can choose to be corrected and choose the correct path if they indeed want to. If an inmate lays low and joins a relevant program and changes his/her mindset, that he cannot set foot on the right path. In rare situations, trouble still follows, but this should be rare. Most inmates who do not come out reformed, would have chosen not to be reformed. They would have chosen the wrong path, therefore, the prisons will qualify to be a centre for corrections.