The Department of Penitentiary and Rehabilitation Services (DPRS) will spend Rf 28 million (US$1.8 million) renovating Maafushi Prison, Himmafushi Prison and Male’ Prison, reports Haveeru.
The Finance Ministry would soon open the project to bids, State Minister for Home Affairs Mohamed ‘Monaza’ Naeem was reported as saying.
“Rf17 million (US$1.1 million) is needed to renovate Maafushi prison while Rf4 million (US$260,000) is needed to build a reception area and make other repairs,” Naeem said. “An additional Rf7 million (US$454,000) is needed to build a fence, gate and establish other services for inmates at Himmafushi Prison.”
The renovations would include healthcare and rehabilitation centres, he added.
The Maldives prison population is 800, with around 600 participating in rehabilitation programs.