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Hela Government Prepares for Hawa Prison Opening

An estimated 35 correctional officers will be transferred to serve at the Hawa Jail in Hela.

This comes following a joint partnership with the Provincial government and Correctional Service.

A cheque of K200,000 was given to Correctional Service this morning to prepare for the opening of the prison.

The discussions on the re-opening of the Hawa Jail had lasted for 20 years.

CS Commissioner said the presentation of the K200,00 cheque marks the start of the admission and reception process.

The CS Department has already established a body to select Correctional Officers that are to be transferred to this new facility.

The Hawa Jail was closed in 1997 during a drought and the facility remained closed for 20 years.

With the absence of a prison, inmates are taken to either Baisu in Western Highlands Buiyebi in Southern Highlands.

However, Hela Governor, Phillip Undialu, said there is very big risk involvement when police or correctional officers transport inmates to Court House for their hearing and back to the prisons.

The new facility has the capacity to hold 120 inmates, but CS is working on increasing it to 200.

Meanwhile, power and water supplies have been connected and the facility only needs cleaning around its perimeter.

There are plans to introduce TVET Programs once the jail is in operation.

This is an approach the provincial government is taking to address law and order issues in the province.

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