Whilst the prisons should be a correctional facility, where people are rehabilitated while being remanded for their offences, it has somewhat become the opposite in Sierra Leone.
It is like the place where you go to that you may or may not return. People thrown into prisons join the multitude of people, guilty people, innocent people who have found themselves in the spot with little or no help forthcoming.
Pictures below shows the infamous “Pademba road” prisons currently run by the APC government as a “Correctional centre” which also doubles as a hell-hole for crushing the spirit of their political opponents.
Soon after his release from these dark dungeons, Alie Kabba, in a BBC interview lamented the plight of “our children physically and mentally wasting away” in the lurking shadows of unforgivable State incompetence. He blasted at the absolute lack adequate resources and the inhumane treatment of “state criminalised” children abandoned and forgotten!
The deplorable state of the prison have also heightened corruption around the police stations, where criminals would rather part with huge sums of money rather than stay behind those musty, wee-wee smelling bars.
According to Alie Kabba, “My few days there and suffering fades into insignificance as compared to the plight of these children”.
The number of awaiting trial inmates in the prison is alarming. Some people have spent eight years waiting for trial. These are factors that the government should look into. The current state of the prisons is really saddening.
View Photos below and be the judge yourself.