Special drug rehab unit at Pallekelle Prison
Minister of Justice and Law Reforms Milinda Moragoda listening
to the mother of an inmate as she relates a tale of woe.
More than 500 drug addicts imprisoned due to crimes related to drug
dependency were recently transferred to a new rehabilitation centre set
up at the Pallekelle Prison Camp. There, they will receive counselling
and treatment for drug addiction while they serve their sentences for
the offences committed.
This is part of an initiative undertaken under the directions of
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, and implemented by Minister of Justice and
Law Reforms, Milinda Moragoda, as a means of separating lesser offenders
from hardcore criminals. According to the Prison Department, another two
rehabilitation centres are to be set up in Weeravila and Badulla in the
The Ministry of Justice and Law Reforms invited family and relations
of these inmates to be present on the day of their transfer to the new
unit at Pallekelle.