US Department of Justice delegation visits Maldives prisons

A delegation from the US Department of Justice has met with President Mohamed Nasheed to offer suggestions about improving the prison system in the Maldives.

After reviewing the country’s prisons, the team suggested the strengthening of prison operations, prison facilities, training and personnel development, and complying with international human rights standards.

The team included Department of Justice Assistant Director of Corrections Programs Mr Mike Pannek, Mr Jeffrey Woodworth of the Bureau of Prisons, and two officials based in the US Embassy in Colombo.

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  1. Someone needs to do something about the shitty prison here in Maldives. It's more like rat cages. The government doesnt seem to care much about the criminals behind the bars. But they too are human after all. And yes I agree with @meekaaku's comment. US DOJ should first visit their own prison and do something about it first. They should first clean their own sh*t.

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  2. Hope the US Delegation were made aware that Maldives prisons house truly dangerous individuals such as those whose crime was possession of minute quanties of cannabis - 10 years jail sentence for Haisham Rasheed and others.
    Whilst drug policies in the USA vary widely from state to state, their prisons (shareholders to please) are full of users and low-level suppliers of substances that prohibition deems illegal. This sad cycle is a consequence of misguided global war on drug policies.
    Malaysia has 100's of desperate people facing execution for minor cannabis offences. Do they have a drug-free society? Quite the opposite!
    End the prohibition and incarcerate in humane conditions those who are truly a danger to Maldive society.

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  3. I agree. Its purely assanine to put a person in a cage for possessing, using,or for that matter selling or transfering a mind altering substance. GRanted some of these substances are truely harmful, this is not the way to handle this concern. The best method is legalize or at least decriminalize these substances then treat any problems that result from their effects as mental health issues. However crimes committed under the influnce are still arrestable in my eyes, the matter is still part mental health. So incarcerate the person until he or she is reaonably no longer a threat to the community.

    The criminal justice system of Maldives is a piss bucket and so is the US DOC.

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