New concept for Weerawila prison
The Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Ministry is to develop the
Weerawila prison as an environmental prison in collaboration with the
Tourism Ministry, Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Minister Chandrasiri
This is a new concept which, the ministry is going to introduce to
calm prisoners who have tension in their minds.
This will be a good step to rehabilitate prisoners, he said.
Under this programme the ministry is going to make prisoners close to
the environment and agriculture. Local and foreign tourists are allowed
observe works of prisoner's in this centre and prisoners are allowed to
develop their thinking to prevent their previous faults from recurring,
There are around 130 acres in the Weerawila prison. Utilizing this
site, the ministry will cultivate and develop the site.
The ministry has drawn up plans to sell prisoners' products at sales
outlets. The authorities has planned to utilize prison labour as well,
According to the minister fruits, vegetables and other crops will be
cultivated in these parks.
The ministry has drawn up plans to develop the site as a golf course,
he said. The tourist centres will have restaurants where the tourists
can taste food grown and prepared by the prisoners. The tourist centres
in the prison premises will further have outlets that sell handicrafts
made by the prisoners .
The prisoners will also present cultural shows to the tourists at
these centres, he said. Meanwhile the Mahara prison will also be
developed as an environmental prison but it will not be opened for
visitors, he said.