Gambia: The Need to Decongest the Prisons

Gambia: The Need to Decongest the Prisons - The Government in particular and the Gambian people at large need to acknowledge that the provisions on fundamental rights and freedoms are not designed to be mere words on paper. They are designed for a purpose. For example, it is stated that a person who is arrested and not released should be informed within three hours why he or she is arrested and should have access to a legal counsel and should have access to visitors. Such a provision is not only designed to protect the prisoner, it also protects the integrity of a state and its justice system. [AA Urbanisation]