Maldives' prison population exceeding capacity by 30 percent

Male' Prison. (Sun Photo/Fayaz Moosa)

Home Minister Imran Abdulla has stated that prisons in the Maldives are overpopulated by around 30 percent. 

The Minister was speaking in the parliament today when he stated so and was responding to a question regarding the planned prison in H. Dh. Neykurendhoo which is behind schedule. The Minister said that a new prison was something very much needed to the Maldives. 

“Right now, there are around 1,700 inmates in prison. However, under the Maldives Corrections Services, we have a capacity of 1,360. So, we are operating at an excess capacity of 30 percent.” Said the Minister. 

There were 340 inmates in prison beyond the maximum capacity which could increase by 400 more based on the current cases underway in courts and if even 10 percent of those cases received a conviction. 

“Non-custodial measures are a necessity, I would note. We are working under this mindset to create intimidation guidelines.” Said Minister Imran. Work was underway for forms of punishment other than imprisonment, and efforts were also being made for parole and rehabilitation of inmates through state companies, said Minister Imran.