ON THE PARDON OF PRISONERS ON JUSTICE TEMPERED WITH MERCY

The pardoning of prisoners would not only provide relief to family
members but would also ease prison conditions.However, the fact that innocent people who are related to insurgents
are still detained and journalists like Abdoulie Ceesay who is in
charge of Taranga FM who is recently abducted has disappeared without
trace for more than 72 hours puts a shady picture on the quality of
mercy projected by the pardon of prisoners.
The Government needs to take a comprehensive look at the issue of
detention without trial and custodial sentence for people who could
pay fines or render community service as an alternative to
imprisonment.
A corner’s inquest should be done on the bodies at the mortuary and
then released to the families for burial. The first task is to put an
end to detention without trial and then proceed to decongest the
prisons.