Seen in the press

Read our selection of press reports about this country. This is a short description of prison conditions on a national scale. It gives an account of the preceding year’s events.

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Sierra Leone : doing time in "Hell"

Source - France 24 A shaft of light penetrates the foul air through a fist-sized vent. It reveals naked, sweating bodies packed side-by-side like sardines, lying in darkness on a greasy concrete floor.…
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Sierra Leone: "I didn't mean to plead guilty"

Source - Planet Genius "Miriam" grew up in Sierra Leone and didn’t go to school. As an adult, she struggled to read and write. When she was arrested for loitering, she misunderstood the offence and found…
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Sierra Leone: justice for women who kill

Source - All Africa Aminata* was only 17 years old when she was arrested for killing her former boyfriend eight years ago. She was sentenced to death for murder in November 2010 and feared each day she…
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Sierra Leone : prison reforms bring no relief

Source - IWPR Recent reforms to Sierra Leone’s prison system have failed to bring much meaningful improvement, according to an IWPR investigation. Official figures show that the current inmate population…
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The forgotten child prisoners of Sierra Leone

Source - Al Jazeera Child inmates are left to languish in prison with no visitors or legal assistance as many wait years for a trial. Sorie's last day of freedom was a few weeks before his 14th birthday,…
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