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Audio: Local Partners Talk About Pre-Trial Detention in Liberia

Liberia Pre-trial Detention Program

November 2010 

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.