As of February 1st, the prison facility on Coetivy will cease to exist.
This was officially announced during a meeting at State House, whereby President Danny Faure met the management of the Seychelles Prison Services and the Chief Executive Officer of IDC. Delegates from the Ministry of Finance and the department of Home Affairs were also in attendance.
IDC and the Prison Services are working on an agreement that will give opportunities to inmates to work on the outer islands. There are currently some 40 inmates on Coetivy.
IDC's Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Glenny Savy explains that after the government decided to close the prison on Coetivy, it asked IDC to return to the island to start the development plan which was submitted to government late last year.
"In the development plan, one of the strategies was to close down the prison and then to - as much as possible - absorb the eligible inmates on a release on license programme and put them back to work until the end of their sentences. The inmates will be chosen by the Prison Services and will be interviewed by the IDC team before being sent to the various islands managed by IDC for various projects. We will try our best to keep these people in the field they are familiar with, such as administration, masonry, fishing, agriculture, mechanics, etc. We hope that at the end of their sentences, for those who wish to continue to work on the islands, they can continue."
Part of this license stresses that the inmates should have good conduct and be cooperative and in case an inmate behaves badly while on duty on an island they will be sent back to the Montagne Posee prison.
As part of the programme, some 100 inmates will have the possibility to work on the outer islands.