KUWAIT CITY, March 6: Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Sheikh Khalid Al-Jarrah Al-Sabah announced the plan to build a new prison and deport foreign inmates to address the overcrowding issue in the Central Prison.
He made the announcement when the Assembly discussed Tuesday responses to parliamentary questions about the current situation in the Central Prison.
Sheikh Khalid affirmed the Interior Ministry is dealing with the current situation in the Central Prison; hence, the plan to build a new prison and deport foreign inmates whose countries are ready to accept them. He disclosed the capacity of the Central Prison is 2,500 but the current number of prisoners reached 6,000; affirming he briefed the chairman and members of the parliamentary Human Rights Committee on the current situation in the Central Prison and plans of the Interior Ministry to solve the problem. On the parliamentary question about the installation of jamming devices in telephones at the Central Prison, Sheikh Khalid clarified such devices were installed in the past but they have been removed.
By Abubakar A. Ibrahim Arab Times Staff