With funding from the Open Society Institute’s Criminal Justice Initiative, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI), the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) and Prison Fellowship have established a program to provide greater access to justice to detainees at Monrovia Central Prison. A team of three ABA ROLI-trained lawyers, nine Prison Fellowship prison monitors and four law student interns provides legal aid and other services to reduce prison overcrowding and prolonged pre-trial detention. In this podcast, JPC lawyers and a Prison Fellowship monitor supervisor discuss their work and the conditions at the prison.
- Introduction to the Liberia Pre-trial Detention program by Anthea Zervos
- Attorney Vivian Doe Neal, Justice and Peace Commission describes the situation of detainees who are processed in the Magistrate Sitting Program in Monrovia Central Prison.
- Momolu Kandakai, Sr. Attorney with the Justice and Peace Commission discusses the challenges of accessing legal aid in Liberia and the work of ABA ROLI in addressing this issue.
- Mulbah Selenyanwollie, Monitor Supervisor, Prison Fellowship Liberia discusses the conditions of inmates at Monrovia Central Prison.