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August 14, 2012 (BENTIU) - Unity State prison is overcrowded with prisoners and needs to be redeveloped to increase its capacity and improve standards, local authorities told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

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Group of chained prisoners at prison compound talks about their health conditions. 14 August 2012 (ST)

Prison officials called on developmental organizations to facilitate renovating the prisons residential area for renovation and improve poor facilities and access to clean water.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report earlier this year called on South Sudan to stop arbitrarily arresting its citizens and improve its "dire" prison conditions.

Lt Col Younis Orac Tipo, Director for Unity State’s prison services said that the 142 inmates in Bentiu prison were living in congested in rooms and called on the state government to improve conditions. The prison was built to hold only 100 inmates.

The HRW report earlier this year said that "flawed processes, unlawful detentions, and dire conditions in South Sudan’s prisons reflect the urgent need to improve the new nation’s fledgling justice system.”

HRW visited 12 of the country’s 79 institutions and found that most of the facilities were either “damaged or crumbling" with cells that were "unhygienic, severely overcrowded” and without “sufficient ventilation".

Tipo adding that people to death sentences and those who had only committed minor crimes were kept in the same rooms. However, children and women were in a separate room he said.

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Unity State Prison Director talks about the conditions of prisoners in Bentiu town. 14 August 2012 (ST)

Unity State’s government has built an incomplete prison center, 20 kilometres outside Bentiu but it was not finished due to insufficient funds.

An upgrade is also needed as some prisoners are able to escape. Because the prison is in a densely populated area guards say they are unable to shoot at escapees.

Peter Gatluak Tai, a prisoner serving six months for murder (sentences can be significantly shortened in South Sudan if compensation, usually paid in cows, is quickly provided to the family of the deceased), told Sudan Tribune that the government needed to provide water and recommended the government to build a water tank within the prison.

“In the morning some people will go to bring water somewhere else, we have food here, food is present the problem is only water so if possible let the government bring us donkey to bring water from the river”.

Unity State Prison is home to eight children arrested for committing crimes such as theft. Others are there for impregnating girls under the age of eighteen.

Gabriel Machot Paluath, 15, was arrested for stealing a DVD player and says he regrets his actions. He urged other young boys to focus on education rather than crime.

Unity State’s prison services held a joint meeting with developmental organizations, including the UN Mission in South Sudan and the United Nation Development Programme last Friday to discuss rehabilitating the prison services in the state.

In Unity State prisoners are suffer in unhygienic conditions. Many are heavily sick and do not receive proper medical attention.

The HRW report earlier this year said "flawed processes, unlawful detentions, and dire conditions in South Sudan’s prisons reflect the urgent need to improve the new nation’s fledgling justice system.”

HRW visited 12 of the country’s 79 institutions and found that most of the facilities were either “damaged or crumbling" with cells that were "unhygienic, severely overcrowded” and without “sufficient ventilation".

(ST)

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  • 16 August 2012 04:56, by Kurnyel

    Too many crimnals in that State, there is no way a government can do atlast they changes themsleves

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    • 16 August 2012 06:33, by THEY PEOPLE’S POWER

      These young people are more than better Salva Kiir, rick machar and taban Deng plus their gang in the government if they are given opportunities,
      But because these beautifully and handsome boys should be given some program such as diversion program to learn their mistake rather than put them in a un healthy environment where they can just die easily, diversion programs can target population

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      • 16 August 2012 06:37, by THEY PEOPLE’S POWER

        includes all male and female youth under 18 years of age with a focus upon youth 16 yrs. old and younger. These youth are referred to the counselling program strives to facilitate positive changes in the youths behaviour and a change in direction away from the delinquent mind-set, these mf groups of looser in south Sudan cheeps they eat without looking around, death to all of them,

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        • 16 August 2012 06:41, by THEY PEOPLE’S POWER

          These energetic young and handsome looking boys are more important than those 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 who are consuming the country resouces with their children,
          they are force to act out of their will i knew and God himself know it,

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  • 16 August 2012 08:56, by Ahmado

    People dinkas and Nuers they donot understand,only they know killing like what happened 1991-2005 nuer concentrating killing dinkas and left Equaterians to battle with Arabs all dinkas ran to diaspora(Kakuma)and later on claim to be the acters Riech machar join SPLA in 2005.

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    • 16 August 2012 09:20, by Alfredo christiani

      Ahmado
      Don’t you know that DINAK were the brain and back bone of the SPLA/M Because
      All Nuers leaders went to Khartoum and joined hand with ARABS and fought SPLA
      Except John Kong nyuon & James hoth Mai, that’s why they were given defense of S-Sudan
      All Equatorial fled to East Africa and some to Khartoum .now their voices are being heard over Mirayafm in Juba at way station shut your Anus .

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      • 16 August 2012 10:25, by Ahmado

        To Alfredo Christiani,were only central and east Equateria who fled to east Africa and west Equateria remain as a key for SPLA because westhern people donot like Arabs eg Ali Gbatela who fired gun in torit 18/8/1955.8:00am when uncle Lagu signed the agreement Ali Gbatala shed tears because agreement are not fover people of s.sudan he remained in bush and join SPLA in 1991 when maridi was captured.

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        • 16 August 2012 10:40, by Ahmado

          west Equatoria people are following the history of their leader Ali Gbatala, he advice all westherners to fight Arabs from their land not allowed Arabs to ocupy west Equatoria again does why 1992-1997 west Equatoria bettle with Clement Wani Konga millitas. because millitas are fighting longside SAF but west people they rejected the presented of Arabs compare to other states in the c,try.

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          • 16 August 2012 10:53, by Ahmado

            From 1992-2005 west Equatoria welcome their brothers Dinka Bor from aggression of Riech machar against Dinka people west Euatoria people give them land for grazing their cattle and provide them food, water and Dinkas shouldnot forget the people of west Equatoria because they have heart of human being not heart of killing dinkas servived in our land for 13 years.

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            • 16 August 2012 11:42, by Alfredo christiani

              Dear Ahmado
              To mention few, from western equatorial who fought alongside with ARABS during struggles
              1-Major General Isaiah Paul 2- current minister of interior major general Elson Manani magaya
              Western equatorial peoples are good in peace but they don’t like war with ARAB.
              By way those who started struggle to free southers were equatorial but they failed all of them
              1- Ali Guatale

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              • 16 August 2012 11:44, by Alfredo christiani

                2- Tafang
                3- Joseph Lagu and the rest failed to bring freedom to the people of South Sudan
                Hhahahahahha DINKAs alone are the masters of the freedom, they‘re the ones who brought piece of cake to the cowards, even white men are respecting DINKAS very much

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    • 16 August 2012 15:11, by Fuckequatera

      To ahmado.If Dinkas ran to diaspora than was who wit Garang and SPLM/A when Equaterians were been used by arabs against Dinkas movement(SPLM/A).here are they lakurnyang lado of front for liberation of south sudan,Lado gore of PRM,ochang lotti/martin kenyi of EDF,ELASON MANGYA,guombara etc.Dinkas capture Ali GHATALA IN MARIDI IN 1991 AND WE LIBERATED WHOLE WESTERN EQUATERA IN 90S

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  • 16 August 2012 09:02, by Alfredo christiani

    Look at the ugly guy called power of the peoples,
    You’re the last fool amongst fools of unity state, how come; criminals are better the leadership of south Sudan? Please refrain yourself from such behaviors if you’re a true son of south Sudan.

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  • 16 August 2012 19:34, by panom lualbil

    GUYS ?
    You should blame it on parents of UGLY STATE who expelled them from families when nyamnyam become very little to share. I read an article recently by lady-commissioner who ordered spla to hunt for criminals but found a camp of 93 and 83 both boys and girls. And their conlusion when asked was shortage of nyamnyam. This is really bad if others dont care each other during hardship.

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