Government ignored repeated warnings on drug abuse inside prisons – PL

Home affairs shadow minister Michael Falzon has hit out at government for allegedly ignoring calls made by voluntary organisations and Caritas over rampant drug abuse within the Corradino Correctional Facility (CCF).

“Four years ago I had described CCF as the ‘Midnight Express’, and today the joke among lawyers in court is that the prisons are a supermarket for narcotics,” PL MP Michael Falzon.
“Four years ago I had described CCF as the ‘Midnight Express’, and today the joke among lawyers in court is that the prisons are a supermarket for narcotics,” PL MP Michael Falzon.

Addressing a press conference this morning in reaction to this weeks 12 year jail term imposed on the daubed 'Queen of Jail' Josette Bickle for trafficking in drugs within the prison, Labour MP Michael Falzon said that evidence that came out of Bickle's trial, confirms all what had been said throughout the years.

"This also confirms government's shirking of responsibility, attention and accountability over the matter," Falzon said, adding that subsequent Nationalist government home affairs ministers never acted on the issue.

"Answers like we didn't know, are unacceptable," Falzon said.

"Four years ago I had described CCF as the 'Midnight Express', and today the joke among lawyers in court is that the prisons are a supermarket for narcotics," he added.

Falzon quoted from a report prepared by Reitex International, presented to the European Drug Abuse Monitoring Agency which pointed out that a systematic random checks on inmates at Corradino for drug use, had been stopped.

The reason quoted in the report was simply "administrative."

The testing was meant to have restarted this year, however, so far nothing has been done.

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@ thor...trid tkun wiccek mcappas bic-cikkulata biex tghaddi kumment bhal dak....
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