LAB appeals closer cooperation with prisons

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Ms. Calton-Hanciles made the call following the decision of the Correctional Service authorities in Kono not to admit children into the adult correctional center. This means child suspects refused bail will now have to be transported to Bo or Freetown, the only places with a remand home in the country. Ms. Calton-Hanciles   want those in other centers around the country to follow suit. 

Ms. Calton-Hanciles said that unlike adults who are subjected to the ‘Means Test’, children benefit from the scheme without any precondition. ‘Those kept in remand homes have benefited from the Board without any delay because our paralegals visits the homes regularly and inform the Juvenile Lawyer who represents them in court.’

The Board has incorporated peace messages into its school outreach programmes.     These messages will empower children so that they are not used by unscrupulous politicians to wreck violence. This includes things to watch out for to avoid being used. This includes free alcohol, marijuana and other drugs. Also, those who are below eighteen should not attend rallies, while those who are above eighteen should attend small rallies during the day. 

Ms. Calton-Hanciles also disclosed that the Board will be providing legal assistance to children involved in election related violence and therefore want to have the Correctional Service officers on board to provide information as and when children are arrested. 

Also, the Board will be contributing towards a violent free election through its community and school outreach programmes. Already, the Board has instructed the eleven newly established Community Advisory Bureaus to organize outreach programmes geared towards ensuring peaceful elections.