31 Jul 2008

Solomons government seeks to change corrections act

10:49 am on 31 July 2008

The Solomon Islands government has tabled a new bill in parliament to amend the 2007 Correctional Services Act.

The amendment aims to correct issues that were challenged in the High Court earlier this year by Governor General Sir Nathaneal Waena.

The new bill will align the act with the Constitution and give the police

and prisons service commission the power to make appointments, remove and discipline senior correctional officers.

A new provision in the bill will allow foreign prisoners who are serving

more than three months to be transferred to their country of citizenship or residence.

The bill will have its second reading Thursday.