The Prisons were originally meant to provide shelter for only 11,707 inmates.
The Minister of Justice has said that currently the number of prison inmates has increased to 27,000. Minister Dew Gunasekare made this reference in Parliament yesterday responding to a question asked by Parliamentarian Arundika Fernando. A special programme has been launched to ease the congestion in the prisons. The cabinet has granted approval to construct a new prison in Jaffna. The Minister has also stated that the construction work of the Pallekele prison has reached its final phase.