The Sierra Leone Correctional Services (SLCS) and Open Society Initiatives for West Africa (OSIWA) have officially launched the National Inmate Identity Management System (NIIMS). The official launching Ceremony was held on Tuesday 15th January 2019 at the Hill Valley Hotel, Signal Hill Road, Freetown.
Before officially launching the NIIMS, the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Lahai Lawrence Leema, appreciated the digital transformation of the SLCS. He commended Fix Solution for creating the technological platform of information sharing in the overall justice sector. He agreed that the federal Government has a huge role to play in the digital transformation process which will value to the administration of every correctional center in the country.
Whiles addressing the media, Civil Society Organizations and other dignitaries who graced the occasion, the Director General of the SLCS, Mr. Sanpha Bilo Kamara, commended OSIWA and the Justice Sector Coordination Office (JSCO) for supporting the novel initiative to transform the traditional operating system of the SLCS into digital platform. He said that the SLCS has been benefiting enormously from Government’s strides to reform the whole justice system.
Mr. Bilo Kamara said that the SLCS is committed to replicating the NIIMS to further transform the operations of other Correctional Centers around the country and appealed to donor partners, including NGOs, INGOs, and the like to support the achievements and sustainability of the NIIMS.
He also commended Fix Solution, the builders of the platform, underscoring that if given the opportunity, they would perfectly replace international consultants in the country.
The Country Officer of the OSIWA, Mr. Joe Pemagbi, said that it is their hope that the NIIMS would increase the confidence between the Justice Sector and the public, adding that the NIIMS is a system that will effect change and improve service delivery of the SLCS. He said that they are impressed with the willingness of the SLCS to adopt and improve their systems, adding that the swift introduction and effective implementation of the NIIMS would help the Justice Sector with accurate and updated information on all inmates. He praised the contributions of Fix Solution in developing the NIIMS, which he further appreciated as a local content intervention.
In his presentation, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Fix Solution (SL) Limited, Mr. Sorrieba Daffae, confirmed that the NIIMS would holistically transform the enormous challenges of information sharing in the Justice Sector, adding that they are striving to transform correctional facilities with their modern inmate management solution called Crimesync.
He added that they are helping to eliminate redundant processes and legacy systems to reduce costs, improve outcomes for inmates and protect their human rights, adding that Crimesync would further address the challenges of overcrowding and help to reduce recidivism. Sorrieba said that if they succeed in automating the whole justice system, Sierra Leone would be the second in the world after Rwanda to have such a system in place
Acting Coordinator of JSCO, Ms. Bridget Osho, said among other things that they are committed to continuously provide the needed platform to coordinate the whole Justice sector and expressed the hope that the NIIMS would promote evidence based decision making in the wider Justice Sector. She added that when NIIMS is successfully linked with other systems within the Justice Sector, it would strengthen the legal framework of policies and human rights of inmates.
Representatives from various CSOs also pledged their commitment to support and monitor the NIIMS.