By Our Reporter
Uganda Prisons should transform into correctional institutions The lack of adequate programmes to rehabilitate and resettle ex –prisoners, and the current prison system have been cited among the key contributors to the re-occurrence of crime in the communities. Reports of ex-prisoners re-offending once released back into society have led to calls to review the current prison system.
Addressing a Conference on Social Relations and After Care for prisoners at the Pope Paul Memorial Hotel in Kampala August 30, the Speaker of Parliament Rt.Hon. Rebecca Kadaga re-echoed the need to have critical reforms in the current prison systems to influence correction of convicts.
“The current prison system was not designed for correction but punishment. The systems, processes and procedures do not encourage offender correction. It’s our responsibility to change the attitudes and laws to enhance the re-integration of ex prisoners back into the communities,” Speaker Kadaga noted.
She told delegates to the Conference that successful re-integration of ex- prisoners should begin while the offender is still in confinement in the correctional institution and continue throughout the transition and stabilization in the community.