20 Aug 2007

Solomon Islands passes Correctional Services Bill 2007

6:34 pm on 20 August 2007

The Solomon Islands Parliament has passed the Correctional Services Bill 2007.

It replaces the former Solomon Islands Prison Services Act.

The Minister for Police, Isaac Inoke, told the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation the Bill is a new approach to prison services and means that correctional facilities will be operated along internationally recognised guidelines.

He said the Bill also recognises the human rights of inmates.

The Opposition Leader Fred Fono says while he supports the Bill, he is concerned at weekend leave for inmates, the non separation of juvenile jails and the ban on prison staff joining trade unions.

But Mr Inoke told the SIBC these concerns are taken care of under this Bill.