Mr. Phiri says prisons countrywide are meant to accommodate 6,100 prisoners and currently the number is seventeen thousand and thirty eight (17,038) of which 1,400 are female prisoners with four thousand and fifteen (4,015) circumstantial children.
He says such as situation is inhumane.
Mr. Phiri adds that children with imprisoned mothers should be given the necessary care and be let to enjoy their rights instead of making them suffer for the crimes they did not commit or participate in.
He has since appealed to the Ministry of Gender, Mother and Child Health to find a solution for the female prisoners with circumstantial children.
( Sunday 05th October 2014 )