Rapid Prisons Assessment Report reveals dire prison conditions

31 Oct 2013

imageAn inmate tied to the ground in one of the prisons in South Sudan

Juba: The National Prisons Service of South Sudan (NPSSS) launched the Rapid Prisons Assessment Report 2012 on Tuesday, 29 October 2013. The report and the accompanying photo book highlight the existing conditions of the prisons infrastructure and rehabilitation facilities and the urgent need for support to the Prisons Service. The report, jointly prepared by NPSSS and UNDP, reveals the dire conditions of existing infrastructure, administration structures, and amenities for inmates and prison personnel; and makes recommendations for improvement. The Photo Book documents the daily life of inmates – men, women, juveniles and the mentally ill and vividly depicts the desperate conditions, affirming the urgent needs.

Launching the publications, Honorable Maj. Gen. Jadalla Augustino Wani, Deputy Minister of Interior and Wildlife Conservation stated: “The Rapid Prisons Assessment Report highlights the real challenges that our Prisons Service is facing. However, we are determined to change this with assistance from our development partners”. He also thanked UNDP for supporting the construction of the Bor Central Prison, describing it as “the best and ideal in South Sudan”.

General Abel Makoi Wol, Director General of Prisons, while supporting the findings of the Assessment Report, cited recent improvements in the Prisons Service through support from partners. He also thanked the Government of South Sudan for approval of the Reform Proposal of NPSSS, that will facilitate the construction of two new prisons. The Prisons Service is now waiting financial support for the implementation of the project.

Mr. Balázs Horváth, UNDP Country Director, commended the senior leadership of the Ministry of Interior and Wildlife Conservation and the Director General of Prisons for their courageous decision to conduct this prisons assessment. “This report has brought to the fore, the on-the-ground realities on the condition of prisons in South Sudan. We will continue to work with the Prisons Services in its efforts to provide more humane inmate care and deliver professional services to the community, respecting human rights and in accordance with basic international norms.”

The Rapid Prisons Assessment was conducted by the NPSSS with support from UNDP and UNMISS CAS. A team from NPSSS, UNDP and UNMISS CAS visited 22 county prisons in nine states. UNDP is also supporting the prison personnel registration process in which 80% of the personnel have been manually registered, so far. Since 2006, UNDP and the Ministry of Interior and Wildlife Conservation have been working in partnership to support Prisons Services in South Sudan.

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For further information, please contact:

Murtaza Shibli, Head of Communications, a.i, UNDP South Sudan; murtaza.shibli@undp.org; Cell: (+211) 956 213 014

Tabani Joseph, Communications Analyst, UNDP South Sudan; Joseph.tabani@undp.org; Cell: (+211) 955 314 795