A remote jail opened more than five years ago to lessen chronic overcrowding in the prison system is also operating as a farming business, where free labour is seemingly used to yield big profits for senior staff.
When Correctional Centre 4 (CC4) opened its gates in January 2010, it was slated to become the largest prison in the country, with space for about 2,500 inmates. But most of the complex was never completed, while large swathes of the grounds are allegedly used by a small number of officials for personal gain.
The Interior Ministry’s General Department of Prisons (GDP) touted CC4 as a solution to the well-documented issue of overcrowding, which has left inmates across the country – including those in pre-trial detention, children and the mentally ill – in squalid conditions, without adequate food or amenities. …
May Titthara and Alice Cuddy