“This is a clear manifestation that the crime rate is high,” he said and blamed this situation for the overcrowding in prisons and noted that many of the youths involved in crime are of school-going age.
The prison boss also blamed this on failure of parental responsibility.
Mr. Koroma said he made similar observations at a recent forum convened by the Office of National Security to discuss the rise in crime, especially among young people.
Formerly the Sierra Leone Prison Service, the penal system was changed in 2014 by the government to a correctional system, with the aim of transforming inmates, rather than serving as center for punishment.
But observers say the change has brought about no change, if any. Conditions in the Sierra Leone correctional centers have always been an issue of major concern with inmates said to be subjected to
Life in the cells is associated with diseases of all sorts. Many former inmates are reported to have died after being freed.