As Liberians gather to celebrate this year’s Christmas Day on December 25th, 2015, the Liberian leader, President Ellen Johnson on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 visited the Monrovia Central Prison as part of her Pre-Christmas and New Year activities.
According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf while visiting the Central Prison announced the granting of Executive Clemency to some fifty (50) prisoners from prisons around the Country including the Monrovia Central Prison and prisons in Grand Gedeh, Nimba, Grand Bassa, Maryland, Sinoe and Bomi Counties. Twenty-three (23) of the Fifty (50) freed prisoners are from Montserrado County. She informed the released prisoners that their freedom was based on the recommendation of the Ministry of Justice and urged them to return to their respective communities and be good and law-abiding citizens.
“You can go in peace, hopping that God will bless and keep you strong during this festive season. I urge you never to again get involved with what led you to prison”, President Sirleaf told the freed individuals.
President Sirleaf was met upon arrival by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Republic of Liberia, Cllr. Benedict Sannoh and the Superintendent of the Monrovia Central Prison. She was led on a guided tour of the Central Prison following briefing s of the Prison officials and the Minister of Justice. Some of the areas toured include the Female Cell, the Holding Room, bakery, Library among others and listened to the personal stories of some of the prisoners.
The Monrovia Central Prison is currently holding some 999 prisoners, 62% of them charged with serious crimes such as rape, murder, armed robbery, while 178 of the prisoners are already sentenced. The freed prisoners were being held of offenses such as ‘simple assault, aggravated assault, burglary, criminal facilitation, among others.