The Malta Independent 4 December 2021, Saturday

Prison inquiry report set to be published in the coming weeks - Byron Camilleri

Wednesday, 24 November 2021, 17:15 Last update: about 10 days ago

The inquiry looking into prison operations is set to be concluded and its report presented in the coming weeks, Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri said on Wednesday.

He said that the expected inquiry report, which will include a set of recommendations to improve the Corradino Correctional Facility, will be made public.

Such initiatives will ensure that the prison is a place of order, one that offers justice to victims, offering a peaceful place of work for officials whilst being a place of true rehabilitation, he said.

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This internal inquiry into prison operations was initiated after an inmate, Colin Galea, was found dead in his cell prison, after taking his own life. Led by psychiatrist Anton Grech, the inquiry board was tasked with reviewing the suicide preventive measures that are currently present at Corradino. The board is also expected to evaluate the supportive measures present for drug addicts and well as the currently applied procedures in assessing the physical and mental health of inmates.

The board’s independence has come into question, as all three members were or are in some way engaged in the prison system.

George Grech is enlisted as being chairperson of the Prison Addiction Rehabilitation Board on the Home Affairs website, while Anton Grech was on the prison visitor’s board. It is unclear whether or not Janice Formosa Pace is a member of the Prison Leave Advisory Board, since it is unclear if she resigned from this post.

Alexander Dalli recently suspended himself as prison director following another suicide that happened after Colin Galea’s death.

Meanwhile, Robert Brincau has been tasked to act as temporary CEO. Brincau has experience in the running of detention services in prison, where he has adopted several welfares and security changes in his role. 

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