The Prisoners and Detainees Rights Commission (PDRC) has just issued a report on prison conditions in the Jau Rehabilitation and Reformation Centre (JRRC).
The PDRC was set up in mid-2013 under the auspices of the independent Ombudsman Office to “assess the conditions and treatment of detainees and to deter and help prevent torture, inhumane or degrading treatment in places of custody”. The organization has legal powers to monitor detention centres and work to improve prison conditions and prevent abuses.
Members of the PDRC in November 2015 spoke to detainees and staff at the Jau detention facility and published an extensive report which can be found in full here. The report discussed all aspects of prisoners’ lives, including recreational facilities, access to legal counsel, family visits and detainees’ welfare.
The report cites instances were abuses were reported. For example, prisoners described cases of assault on arrival at the prison facility. This led to investigation of the officers involved and imprisonment of staff members. In several cases prisoner complaints were verified by study of CCTV footage, leading to prosecution of those responsible.