Juvenile facility director dismissed
JEDDAH, Jan 20, 2013 (Arab News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
The director of Jazan's juvenile correctional facility has been dismissed from his post, the Ministry of Social Affairs announced yesterday. The director is facing an investigation for negligence. Several residents had criticized the level of care provided to detainees at the facility.
Minister Yusif Al-Othaimeen's decision was taken after the ministry reviewed reports that confirmed the poor situation at the Social Observation Home. The decision prompted the transfer of inmates to a new facility that was equipped with furniture and necessary facilities. A qualified and experienced official with a good reputation will be appointed to manage the facility temporarily until a suitable replacement is selected, the ministry said.
The ministry will question those at fault and will not tolerate negligence or tardiness. The new facility has the capacity to accommodate 150 inmates and it was built at a cost of SR 51 million. It contains modern play fields, rest and dining halls, in addition to isolation units where those with contagious diseases could stay until recovery and those particularly unruly until the end of their sentences.
The director of social services in Jazan, Salem Basahi, said dismissal of any official is possible in case of negligence. There is no job guarantee in such cases, he said.
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