President Rajapaksa had underlined that the prison should be a centre which rehabilitates social traitors and not a place which moulds such persons.
The President was addressing a meeting which reviewed the progress of the Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Ministry. The meeting at Temple Trees was chaired by the President. It was revealed at this meeting that the monthly expenditure incurred on a prisoner was between 9,000 and 10,000 rupees. It was announced that a sum of 405 million was saved during the last few years by reintegrating them into society. It was mentioned at this meeting that a survey conducted by the Prisons Ministry had revealed that about 88 percent of the population favoured capital punishment.
The meeting was told that 334 criminals were enjoying special facilities due to the non-enforcement of capital punishment. The President gave instructions to the officials to craft a suitable programme so that the inmates could make a vital contribution to economic development. At the same time he said a special Police Unit should be established to crackdown on malpractices in prisons. The President also told the officials to draw up a programme for the welfare of the prisoners. Minister Chandrasiri Gajadeera was present at this meeting.