Government to decongest prisons

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Prisoners demonstrating how there sleep in a room meant for 40 people but it has over 140

Government says it is not its desire to have many people incarcerated in correctional facilities largely because of delays in the criminal justice system.

Minister of Justice, Given Lubinda said Government will consider the possibility of reducing custodial sentences through making provision for community sentences for those convicted petty crimes.Mr. Lubinda said this could assist in decongesting the country’s correctional facilities.

He said this in Lusaka during the official launch of a 2 days symposium on legal and administrative reforms to address congestion in correctional facilities.

European Union Head of Delegation, Alessandro Mariani said the EU is in the process of developing a vocational education programme for inmates to assist them restart a new life after their release.

Meanwhile, German Ambassador to Zambia, Achim Burkart said his Government stands ready to support the country implement the legal and administrative reforms.The German Government also donated a minibus to assist in the transportation of juveniles between correctional facilities and approved reformatory schools.

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  1. This is horrible! I can’t imagine how the wrongly accused must be feeling. Our justice system needs major reforms and this step should be done ASAP!

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  2. Is it because HH has complained? I ve been in these prisons for the past 20 years and noone has listened to us prisoners complaining about overcrowding and poor diet

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    • “Overcrowding and Poor Diet” prisoners must produce their own food just like the law abiding citizens do.

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  3. Why not build more..you are wasting $20 million on a new City Market you burnt yourselves. Build prison farms and put the convicts to work!!

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  4. AND then we wonder why our country wont prosper with all the prayers day in and day out.. its these very small details we neglect to deal with.
    We don’t even have social services and facilities for our aged citizens, yet politicians are becoming millionaires overnight.
    Our national debt has nothing to show, absolutely no justifications for the huge debt accrued in such a short time frame.

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  5. Corruption in the judicial and prison system is so rampant, it is really sickening. How I wish ACC can investigate or just have a sting operation in these places. Zambia is doomed with the amount of corruption being perpetrated.

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  6. Prison conditions must be improved, its common sense to not sentence those who’ve committed minor crimes to serve custodial sentences. Let common sense prevail and let the concern of our fellow human beings be our number one priority to sse that prison conditions for serving convicts are improved! Kudos to the EU for this gesture but we have the means ourselves to improve the conditions in the cells- it won’t cost the state much funds to work on basic sanitation, beddings and improving the diet of inmates! Remember what Jesus said “do unto others as you would want them to do unto you” those who do not we will let God judge them accordingly!

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  7. I AM SURE HH is missing his DARLING HOME , THUS WHY HE IS BUSY PROVOCKING US SO WE TAKE HIM BACK , HOW DOES HE HOLD A SUCH MAMMOTH RALLY AS IF HIS UPND IS IN POWER? ITS THREATENING TO PF

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  8. The worst part is that most of these people incarcerated are there for petty crimes like having 2 balls of dobbo or stealing a chicken yet the big thieves are free to roam the streets

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