The Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) and its partners, RHAP and FIN Church Aid have donated three desk phones to the Bureau of Correction and Rehabilitation at the Ministry of Justice.
The donation is aim at improving communications between inmates, their Lawyers and family members.
Speaking at the Ministry of Justice during the donation, The Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia President Attorney Vivian Neal said the desk pones are for prison facilities in Voinjama, Gbarnga and Sanniquelle.
Attorney Neal said her group will provide monthly scratch cards to each prison facilities in order to help communication easy for prisoners.
She added that the donation was made through the kind gesture of the European Union under the AFELL access to Justice Project in Lofa, Bong and Nimba Counties.
Atty. Neal noted that the project has to do with the legal representation of prolonged pre-trial detainees with emphasis on women, youth and awareness on Sexual Gender Based Violence.
The AFELL Boss pointed out that her organization is also providing awareness to correctional and Police Officers on SGBV issues within their sector.
She asserted that women issues remain significant in the Liberian society and AFELL is working with the UNDP to help give hopes to young and promising women and girls in Liberia.
For his part, the Assistant Minister for Correction and Rehabilitation at the Ministry of Justice, Eddie Tarawali thanked AFELL, RHAP, European Union and FIN Church Aid for the donation and promised to use it for its intended purpose.
He said the bureau is knowledgeable of the legal rights of inmates in all of the prison facilities across the country and those rights are respected by the law.
The Correction and Rehabilitation Boss also frowned on the overcrowdiness at the various prison facilities across the country and promised to work in that direction to reduce prison overcrowdiness.
He added that pre-trial detention issue is one of the major challenges facing the Bureau of Correction and Rehabilitation at the Ministry of Justice.
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