22 May 2012

Chair of Woman Against Crime calls for changes in prison mangement

1:36 pm on 22 May 2012

Women in Vanuatu have called for changes in the management of prisons.

Six dangerous prisoners are on the loose with police saying they could be behind last weekend's murder of a foreign couple.

It has also been revealed that the residences of 63 foreigners, including the Australian High Commissioner, have been robbed in the past two months.

Break-ins at the homes of ni-Vanuatu are also up.

The chair of Women Against Crime, Jenny Ligo, says the frequent escapes of high risk prisoners shows civilians cannot run the prison.

"We do not want to see aid money continuously pumped into corrections services without and effective system for the nation."

Jenny Ligo says she has asked the Prime Minister Sato Kilman to improve security throughout the country.

The New Zealand government is willing to help rebuild the prison but the Vanuatu government wants a new facility built.