Opposition Parliamentarian Nalin Bandara has proposed the introduction of laws to release inmates who are above 70 years of age.
Speaking during the adjournment debate in Parliament last evening, MP Bandara said conditions such as the completion of imprisonment of 10-years or more should be considered when determining groups to be released.
The MP said the welfare of inmates and their needs must be look into, adding that the government must however move beyond such measures.
He proposed that such a law be enforced regardless of the criminal act committed by the inmate.
MP Bandara urged authorities to consider the plight of their families and children as well when reaching a decision to better the system.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Parliamentarian Premalal Wijesekera joining the debate said the government spends Rs.300 per inmate daily on meals.
MP Wijesekera said there are many elderly inmates between 80-90 years of age including disabled inmates, adding they have today become a burden to the government.
He noted that Rs.2,000 is spent on Rapid Antigen Tests and Rs.6,000 on a PCR test after the completion of 14 days of quarantine.
He also claimed that in addition, large sums are spent on HIV tests, x-rays, and medicine.
Therefore, the Parliamentarian proposed inmates who have completed 15-20 years in prison to be considered for release stating that a majority of them are also mentally affected.