Over Crowding Of Camp Street Prison Could Be Reduced By Magistrates
The problem of overcrowding in the Camp Street Prison is one that continues to engage the attention of prison authorities and though there might be no quick fix anytime soon, one former Chief Justice believes Magistrates could make the first step.
Justice Cecil Kennard, Former Chancellor and Chief Justice believes its time that Magistrates really understand the situation in the country’s prison system.
The camp street prison currently has a population of over 1000 inmates. Just over 650 of them are prisoners who are on remand. The other prisoners are actually serving their sentences. Some persons behind bars would find themselves waiting years before their cases are ever called up and that’s an issue that must be looked. Justice Kennard is very concerned too about how some Magistrates have been dealing with bail applications.
With5 Magistrates leaving the job over the past year, the backlog is expected to only get larger. But its not a problem just affecting the magistrates court. Over at the High Court only 2 judges are dealing with criminal matters. The current criminal session has over 100 cases listed. Its impossible that those cases will be dealt with.
There have been many complaints about the local justice system. Though a reform process is underway, legal minds say action is needed now to address the many shortfalls.