SOUTH SUDAN / JUVENILE REFORMATORY

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South Sudanese boys who are in conflict with the law will no longer have to share prison space with adult inmates after ground was broken for the construction of a Juvenile Reformatory Centre in the capital, Juba. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN / JUVENILE REFORMATORY
TRT: 02:55
SOURCE: UNMISS
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LANGUAGES: ENGLISH/NATS

DATELINE: 15 MARCH 2018, JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN

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1. Various shots, juvenile prisoners presenting a theatrical performance
2. Wide shot, people watching
3. Wide shot, band salutes Minster of Interior
4. Various shots, renovated building
5. Wide shot, delegates touring building
6. Wide shot, delegates unveil building design
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Moustapha Soumare, Deputy Special Representative of The Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Society must provide children in conflict with the law with an environment that fosters their development and rehabilitation. The Juvenile rehabilitation center we launch today, is one big step on this long journey. It will provide an environment where up to 90 children in conflict with the law will can be safely and securely housed separate from adult offenders while awaiting trial on public sentence imposed by the court.”
8. Wide shot, prison officers seated
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Chienjek Geay, Minister of Interior:
“It has been a challenge for the prison department to separate the young from the adults; because of lack of resources, lack of facilities they are all kept in one place which does not even meet the international standards. But today, we will see this as a milestone to separate the juveniles from the adults, as required internationally but also by law in this country.”
10. Various shots, brass band playing music

STORYLINE:

South Sudanese boys who are in conflict with the law will no longer have to share prison space with adult inmates after ground was broken for the construction of a Juvenile Reformatory Centre in the capital, Juba.

Through its Quick Impact Projects programme, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), will help to ensure that young offenders are provided with “safe and secure” housing, separate from adult inmates, while awaiting trial or serving their sentences.

The Juvenile Reformatory Centre, which will hold boys aged below 17 years, is the first of its kind in South Sudan. It is expected to be a model for similar facilities in other parts of the country, which will help to separate children from adult offenders in accordance with best practices and principals under international law.

SOUNDBITE (English) Moustapha Soumare, Deputy Special Representative of The Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Society must provide children in conflict with the law with an environment that fosters their development and rehabilitation. The Juvenile rehabilitation center we launch today, is one big step on this long journey. It will provide an environment where up to 90 children in conflict with the law will can be safely and securely housed separate from adult offenders while awaiting trial on public sentence imposed by the court.”

UNMISS has been allowed access by local authorities into detention centers to monitor the situation and help bring an end to the cycle of placing juveniles in adult facilities. Juveniles incarcerated with adults face a significant risk of being sexually abused, and are more likely to commit suicide.

The Minister of Interior welcomed the assistance from UNMISS which includes access to vocational training for young detainees, in order to equip them with much-needed skills to help them reintegrate into society.

SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Chienjek Geay, Minister of Interior:
“It has been a challenge for the prison department to separate the young from the adults; because of lack of resources, lack of facilities they are all kept in one place which does not even meet the international standards. But today, we will see this as a milestone to separate the juveniles from the adults, as required internationally but also by law in this country. ”

It is hoped that the new facilities being planned across the country, the vocational training and education programmes being introduced, will improve the current experience being faced by young detainees.
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