Saturday, July 30, 2011


Welikada Prison computerized

  • Saturday, July 30, 2011
  • Arunthathi Kanagaratnam
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  • The Welikada Prison has computerized all details of prison inmates for easy access, SP Lakshman Abeygunawardena told the Daily News yesterday. He said that this system has been implemented in all wards of the prison, including the female ward and prison hospital.

    Abeygunawardena noted that there are 3,464 male inmates and 569 female inmates in the Welikada prison. The prison hospital houses another 300 prison inmates.

    Computerized data include personal details, such as, name, residence, age, birthday, three special features of the body, school attended, education level, family details and a scanned photograph.

    This data also includes the number of cases and complaints against the prisoner, whether reconvicted or not and the next date of Court hearing.

    He said that this system has enabled prison officers to trace back the history of a prisoner very easily and fast. It has made the prison management more efficient, he said. This project is being conducted with UNDP funding. A spokesman of the Prisons Department said that it hopes to extend this system to other prisons as well in the near future.

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