Prisoners at Solwezi Central Correctional center have petitioned the Justice and Legal sector reform commission over congestion in prisons.
The prisoners whose identities have been withheld said the structures at the correctional facility cannot support the ever growing population.
The Solwezi Central Correctional Centre presently has 381 prisoners despite the facility having capacity to only accommodate half the number of inmates.
The prisoners also complained of poor meals and that they sleep on the floor as there are no mattresses.
The inmates were presenting their petitions to the Legal and Justice Sector Reform Commission in Solwezi district during a prison visitation yesterday.
One of the inmates petitioned the commission to decentralize the Forensic department in the police service.
Another convict appealed to the commission to ensure that there is a presence of the legal aid during court sessions to assist vulnerable people.
Another petitioner said that cases take long to be taken to court especially cases that have been committed to the High Court citing himself as having been waiting for the past 18 months.
In a related development another petitioner bemoaned that his case in which he was accused of attempted murder was committed to the high court but has been in detention since 30th April 2016.
Others complained of Police being unprofessional in the discharge of their duty.
Chairing the sittings on behalf of the Commission at the prison grounds, one of the Commissioners Ernest Beele assured the petitioners that their submissions will be considered.
The commission also visited the female cells.The commission is today sitting in Solwezi district in North-western province before moving to Luapula province where public sittings shall commence on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.