The Minister of Justice speaking at the occasion said it is the duty of the prison officers to take good care of any person who spends time in prisons regardless of the offense or punishment he or she has received.
He said steps have been taken to introduce a new system by changing the traditional prison process and the prison acts and regulations from 1934.
Minister Rajapakshe said a new Bureau of Rehabilitation Act will be introduced in the next few months with the aim of directing the prison system to the rehabilitation method by removing the concept of punishment.
“At present, the drug traffickers who are leading the innocent and poor youths to addiction of drugs including ice, which is spread all over Sri Lanka, should be suppressed. A task force has been set up for it, and the support of the public is essential to combat the menace of drugs,” the Minister of Justice stressed.
State Minister of Justice and Prison Affairs Anuradha Jayaratne, the Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Prison Affairs and Constitutional Reform Wasantha Perera, Commissioner General of Prisons Thushara Upuldeniya, Additional Commissioner General of Prisons Chandana Ekanayake and other prison commissioners, prison superintendents, prison officials and parents and relatives of the apprentice officers were present at the occasion.
Source – Colombo Page