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UNMISS trains officers of Bentiu central prison in case management and provides equipment to facilitate their work

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UNMISS trains officers of Bentiu central prison in case management and provides equipment to facilitate their work

With funds allocated to quick impact projects, UNMISS also provided two large dormitories for inmates at Bentiu Central Prison.

JUBA, South Sudan, October 3, 2021 / APO Group / –

“The knowledge you imparted to my officers during this workshop will have a positive impact on our prison service for generations to come,” Major General Yohannes Orac, director of Bentiu Central Prison, said during the presentation. closing of a workshop aimed at improving the management of inmate files. at the South Sudanese National Prison Service.

“Knowledge is not like money that vanishes the moment it enters your hands; it grows exponentially as we dump it and this training in specific case management for prisoners is something that will contribute to the overall development of Unity State, ”he added.

Major General Orac was referring to a two-day training organized by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) prison unit as a proactive response by the United Nations peacekeeping mission to strengthen capacity and fill a major gap in the state prison service.

“We visit the prison every day and have identified a big gap in the way files were processed and stored,” said Alfred Moses Codjoe, the prison advisory officer for UNMISS in Bentiu. “It is important to keep accurate and accessible records of people in detention because these records are needed during legal proceedings,” he added.

The management of prison records includes relevant information about inmates, ranging from details of their offenses to their state of health, visitors received, court appearances and discharge.

“We have to manage about 20 registers and it was not easy for us to manage them. Now we know how to differentiate our registers as well as differentiate the information needed in each register, ”said William Hakim Deng, a prison officer attending the workshop. “Our job will become much easier now,” he said.

Another participant, Lt. Col. William Nyuon, says he believes the training will also help them treat detainees in a more humane manner and in accordance with accepted human rights standards.

“These sessions taught us how to improve the general management of prisons; how to deal with detainees, take care of their health and property; and to help them become better citizens as they serve their sentences, ”he said. “It will also help us put a stop to accusations of corruption,” he added.

Accurate prison records are, of course, essential, but their safety, confidentiality and accessibility for future reference cannot be underestimated either.

The UNMISS Prison Unit also responded to these needs by providing furniture and office equipment.

“Today our document management team will sit at their table and freely fill out the files. The prisoners’ files will now be kept in safe places, ”said Major General Yohannes Orac.

This training is a continuation of the mission’s ongoing efforts to reorganize and build capacity in the prison sector, thereby helping to uphold the rule of law in the State of Unity.

“Along with the funds allocated to the Quick Impact Projects, UNMISS also provided two large dormitories for inmates at Bentiu Central Prison,” Codjoe said. “The conditions of detention have improved, and it will be better if separate sections for minors and women are also provided. “

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