South Sudan: 200-capacity Wau central prison houses over 600 inmates.
More than 600 criminals are housed at Wau Central Prison, which has a capacity of 200 inmates.
This was disclosed during the occasion when at least 23 criminals convicted of petty offenses were freed from Wau jail as Christmas presents for their families.
The defendants were found guilty of lesser offenses such as failing to pay a loan and failing to pay court fees.
According to Governor Sarah Cleto Rial of Western Bahr el Ghazal State, this is a holiday gift to the families of people whose loved ones have been arrested for minor offenses.
Sarah urged the newly released criminals to avoid committing crimes in the future and instead focus on becoming good citizens.
“Today, you will be freed, and you will send a message to the community, to the young and elderly, that stealing is not an acceptable habit,” she said as she spoke at Wau Central Prison about Christmas preparations.
Charles Brendi is one of the people who has been given clemency by the Governor.
He expressed his appreciation following his release on Friday, saying, “I wasn’t expecting to walk out of jail and see my family again.”
According to Major General Atok Baraj, Director of Wau Prisons, the release of detainees has helped reduce prison overcrowding.
This move of freeing 23 convicts will provide a place for the remainder of the detainees because the number of people in jail is growing every day, especially as the holiday season approaches. ” According to Maj. Gen. Baraj,