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PNG prisoners released to find food

Staff Writer |
Thirty-five prisoners at Papua New Guinea's Boram Prison in East Sepik were released over the weekend to look for food to feed themselves because of shortages at the facility.

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Prison manager Joe Imini told the National newspaper there have been food shortages for almost two months, Radio NZ reports.

The prison holds 290 inmates, mostly detainees awaiting court cases.

Mr Imini blamed the problem on the delay in the release of funds each month from the Correctional Service's headquarters in Port Moresby.

Of the 35 convicted prisoners sent out on Sunday, only one, a juvenile, is yet to return.

Mr Imini says prison staff and their families were also helping provide food for the inmates.

He says on average the facility received $18,000 a month of funding from Port Moresby but for April the prison only received just over $7000.

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