Prisons to free 2,000 inmates over coronavirus

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Johnson Byabashaija

Uganda Prisons Service has listed 2,000 prisoners across the country who will be released in a move to decongest prisons over coronavirus pandemic.

The list includes those who served part of their sentences and are to be released if the Attorney General (AG) approves the proposal.

The Commissioner General of Uganda Prisons Service, Dr Johnson Byabashaija, told Daily Monitor they have listed all prisoners who have completed three quarters of their sentences, breast-feeding inmates and prisoners aged 60 or above to be pardoned by the President.

“We are also working on decongesting our prisons and right now, the list of about 1,500 to 2,000 prisons who are not serving capital offences are going to be sent to the AG for consideration of pardon. I hope this will partly decongest our prisons,” he noted.

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He also revealed that they are going to write to the Judiciary to release on bail all prisoners who have completed their mandatory days of remand.

“The Judiciary should also release all the prisoners on bond most especially those who are not serving capital offences but have completed their 120 days in prison. This will also decongest our prisons,” Byabashaija who had just been vetted at parliament said.

He cautioned that the prisoners for pardon must be selected carefully to ensure those dangerous to the community are not released.

He also mentioned other measures that the Prisons Service has put in place to prevent coronavirus among prisoners.

He said they are not admitting new prisoners into the current prisons because they might infect the ones who are already there.

Credit: Daily Monitor

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