Ministry spends Rs 6.5 m per day for prison inmates
The Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Ministry spends more than Rs.
6.5 million per day for 25,000 inmates in prisons.
The Ministry spends Rs. 261 per day for an inmate for providing food
and other facilities, Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Minister DEW
According to Prison Department statistics, there are 25,000 to 30,000
convicted and remand prisoners. Around 135,000 people are sent to prison
annually and an equal number is discharged from the prisons annually.
The Minister said steps are being taken to minimise the huge expense
by reducing the number of inmates in prisons as this situation is a
burden to the country.
There are over 25,000 inmates in prisons though the prisons can
accommodate only for 11,000 inmates creating an acute congestion in
According to a survey conducted by the Prison Department,
re-offenders have been identified as the major reason for the congestion
Therefore, the Prison Department will reduce the re-offenders’ rate.
Under this, convicts rehabilitation programs will be streamlined.
The Prison Department has introduced a novel method to rehabilitate
convicts without sending them to prisons. This program is carried out by
the ‘Community Base Correction Department’ of the Rehabilitation and
Prison Reforms Ministry.
The Department was established last year. Under this convicts who
have received less than a two year sentence are deployed in community
services in government institutions. Magistrates decide whether a
convict to be deployed in community service after considering the view
of the convict.
Convicts are free to attend 50 to 300 hours community service in
Government institutions from home under the observation of Prison
officials. Around 18,000 convicts have been rehabilitated by deploying
them in community service last year by the Communal Base Correction
Department, Minister Gunasekara added.