Additional facility to be built at Maafushi Prison

Home Minister Imran Abdullah has said that an additional facility with a capacity of 130 prisoners is being built in Maafushi Prison.

Speaking at the conclusion of a training program for officers of the Maldives Correctional Service (MCS), Minister Imran said that work has started on the construction of the facility. The facility would include high-security cells, which would be the first of its kind in the Maldives, he said

“There are space constraints in the jail, so we are working to solve the constraints,” Imran said.

The minister said the new facility was designed after studying the designs of other such facilities.

“The work of building the first high-security prison in the Maldives is now underway by recruiting locals who have the ability to design such prisons and by studying other facilities designed under a similar concept,” he said.

The minister said that despite the challenges faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, space had been increased in the jail to accommodate 220 more inmates since then.

The training program for correctional officers concluded on Wednesday was a three-month Certificate 3 in Custodial Management and Security. One hundred and thirteen people completed the program.