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May 15, 2021
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Beon Road in Bad State; Affecting CS and Police Ops

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The 12-kilometer road from the main road to Beon Correctional Facility in Madang needs maintenance.

Beon Jail Commander, Supt. Andrew Polis, says the bad road conditions are affecting both CS and police operations.

Polis says the bad roads has added to the  security concerns when  police to take inmates to town to attend to their court cases.

Beon Correctional Institute depends on this road to carry out their daily operations.

But the condition the road has deteriorated  so much that is is adding to the prison’s security concerns.

The bad road is driving up maintenance costs  vehicles of the vehicles used by the prison. 

Several inmates have escaped from prison vehicles as warders drive to slow down to negotiate the bad roads.

Yesterday a team from the Madang District Court House and police prosecution team went to Beon to conduct committal court hearing. 

The team had been traveling to Beon to conduct committal hearings  because it has become too risky to  bring prisoners  into town.

And there is another problem with the wooden bridge connecting Beon to the main road. 

The boards are starting to break. Another year without maintenance and the bridge will not be fit to use.

Family members of inmates are  also disappointed over the poor state of the road.

Kulumat Yuiau, says some of the relatives live outside of town and had to travel to Beon to attend to their relatives’ court cases.

The prison has also taken measures to counter COVID-19 at the facility. 

Prisoners are now locked up at the main compound, with the wearing of face masks mandatory.

Visiting hours both on weekends and week days by relatives was restricted. 

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