February 25, 2024

Monrovia Central Prison Rejects New Prisoners with Minor Crimes


Monrovia, Liberia – The Monrovia Central Prison Superintendent, Col. Varney Lake, has short eyes for new inmates with less crimes to the prison facility. The goal of Mr. Lake’s decision is to bring the national government’s attention to the condition that has taken over the prison compound, which may be described as extremely concerning.

This action is akin to what Superintendent Lake took last year during the horrific outbreak of an odd disease that is said to have killed numerous prisoners. As a result, the prison gates were closed, preventing the admission of any other minor crimes other than state crimes.

The facility is closing because of purported food shortages, a shortage of medical supplies, a shortage of toiletries, and other issues that our source describes as shameful and embarrassing. The prison’s overcrowded cells, the length of time it takes for the justice system to handle the number of pretrial inmates, and the fact that the current procedure does not allow the courts to quickly try cases, particularly those that have been overstayed, are all contributing factors.

Following a complete scarcity of rice yesterday, November 20, 2023, at the jail facility to feed convicts after serving only three blocks, Superintendent Varney Lake took action.

“Even though this has been a regular pattern, the government has paid less attention to the prison, but the prison administration has most often been successful in going out to beg a few humanitarians to help, and such endeavors always yield fruit. But yesterday’s situation took the prison up to 8:00 p.m. to have all the blocks served with food. The Prison Admission, again, had to embark on another disgraceful process by going out to purchase rice in retail instead of wholesale, as it ought to be.”

“There could be a possible prison break if this matter isn’t handled by the national government with speedy care. The prison compound was fed as a result of the prison administration going out to beg for rice again, which was successful, but shockingly, the prison and both whalehouses are completely empty.”

The Monrovia Central Prison, commonly known as South Breach, still has over 1,400 inmates, which is beyond twice the original capacity that the prison should accept. The Monrovia Central Prison was built to capacitate only 375 inmates, but this number is triple.

Reported by: G. Watson Richards

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