October 08, 2009
A new £1.3 million prison has opened in the Helmand capital Lashkar Gah giving better security for local people and providing humane conditions for prisoners for the first time.
Until now murderers and Taliban lived cheek by jowl with petty thieves in a high-walled compound with no facilities other than a well. The prison was a no-go area even for the guards who ventured in only once a day to deliver food so in effect prisoners policed themselves.
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