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Mon, 02 Jan 2012 09:54 - Updated Mon, 02 Jan 2012 09:54

First prison for young offenders starts functioning this year

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Luanda – The country’s first prison for young offenders will start functioning this year (2012), revealed last Sunday, in Luanda, the minister of the Interior, Sebastião Martins.

The government official was speaking on the sidelines of an Eucharist celebration for the first day of the year, held in Viana Prison and conducted by the Catholic church’s Apostolic Nuncio in Angola, Novato Rogambua.

Sebastião Martins, who participated in the mass that was also attended by prisoners and senior staff of his department, said to ANGOP that the country’s first prison for young people is being built in Wako Kungo City, central Kwanza Sul Province.


  
He informed that the prison will have the capacity to host 800 people and will include professional/technical training, as well as agricultural activities.


   
“It will be a reference centre in the ambit of our effort of restructuring the Angolan prison system”, explained the minister.

Sebastião Martins also revealed that other five prisons are being built in the country, with the capacity to host between 600 to 1.500 prisoners. 


 
“Our investment in terms of penitentiaries, if there are no constraints, will enable us to put an end, in 2013, to overcrowding in prison jais”, explained the minister of the Interior.