21:12 - 11-30-2022
Today, Wednesday, the Ministry of Justice announced the intention to build new prisons to reduce overcrowding among inmates, while Minister Khaled Shawani issued several decisions after his visit to Al-Karkh Central Prison.
The ministry said in a statement, "Minister of Justice Khaled Shawani made a surprise visit to Karkh Central Prison, accompanied by the ministry's senior agent, Ziyad Khalifa Al-Tamimi, and the Director General of the Iraqi Correction Department, Abbas Jaber Fazie."
The statement added, "Minister of Justice Khaled Shawani inspected the prison partitions and met the inmates, to find out directly about their conditions and the conditions for serving their sentences in prison, and to follow up on their legal and humanitarian issues."
The Minister of Justice stressed "the importance of protecting the rights of inmates regardless of the sentences issued against them, which is the policy pursued by the Ministry of Justice and the current government by placing human rights among the priorities of its work, as well as carrying out administrative and financial reforms for all departments of the Ministry of Justice."
Khaled Shwani indicated that "his visit to Al-Karkh Central Prison was in order to follow up the problems, especially food and the high prices in the shops and the problem of supplying materials in the prison sections, in addition to the issue of inmates' movements and the suspicions of corruption circulating around it."
He stressed that he "will take decisive decisions to address the problems that the correctional institutions suffer from, and to take legal measures against the defaulters."
According to the statement, the Minister of Justice instructed to provide the prison library with books and publications against extremism, and expressed his full support for the efforts made in the university education center in the prison, which includes a number of inmates who are students within the University of Information and Communication Technology, while he ordered the payment of a financial reward for an inmate who ranked first in the Faculty of Information. Business.
He emphasized that "the correctional departments are working on rehabilitating the inmates intellectually, skillfully and professionally for the purpose of integrating them into society after completing their sentence, which was set by the judiciary, to prevent their return to prison again."
He pointed out that "the Ministry of Justice is currently moving towards building new prisons to reduce overcrowding among inmates, and follow up on the issue of health care for them, by communicating with the Minister of Health to push towards providing the highest levels of support for the human rights file in correctional departments."
According to the statement, Minister of Justice Khaled Shwani directed to complete the issue of allowances for correctional guards by sending a letter in this regard to present the matter to the Council of Ministers and obtain official approvals to raise the amounts of the dangerous allowance.
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