The Ministry of Justice has embarked on an exercise to ‘de-congest’ prisons in the country. It can be recalled that during the course of last week, the office of the Solicitor General in collaboration with INL-Advisors commenced the review of the prison roll to ‘filter and categorize” different inmates.
Sources told this paper that as a consequent of the exercise, the Ministry on Monday did submit a list of persons incarcerated at the Monrovia Central Prison on account of “bailable non-violent offenses” for consideration to be granted by the court.
They said that yesterday, the exercise commenced at the prison, with the Solicitor General, Cllr. Betty Lamin-Blamo and other prosecutors physically present to ensure that persons incarcerated on account of non-violent offenses are either placed on bail or probation.
It is said that as a result of the exercise, over 50 of such persons were released on the first day.
Some of those concerned have been charged with crimes, ranging from disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, defrauding of creditors, misapplication of entrusted properties, criminal coercion, among others.
A source said this is not just an exercise for Monrovia, but the entire country. “We are only beginning here to continue in other areas,” the source pointed out.