Uganda Prisons Ranked 7th Most Congested in the World

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Uganda prisons have been ranked the 7th most congested prisons in the world and the 4th most congested in Africa by the International journal of Criminology released this week.

Uganda prisons have been ranked the 7th most congested prisons in  the world and the 4th most congested in Africa by the International Journal of Criminology released this week.
 
The journal which supplements findings of the Justice Law and Order (JLOs)annual performance report 2013/2014 indicates that the prison capacity is almost half of the inmate population.
 
Currently, the inmate population stands at 42,000 with holding facilities that can accommodate only 23,000 inmates thus leaving a deficit of 19,000 inmates.
 
The JLOs advisor for monitoring and evaluation, Sam Wailagala says despite a number of improvement within the prison services, the challenge of congestion continues to prevail.
 
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However, the Uganda Prison Service spokesperson,  Frank Baine sayas, the challenge of congestion has been imposible to fight given the increase in the number of inmates annually that beats the funding of the prisons and does not resonate with th planned facility.
 
Unlike some institutions within JLOs, prison service has not been funded for infrastructure development in the last 7 years and continues to operate on a budget of Ugx 94billion.
 
The Prison service proposed expenditure for the Financial year 2014/2014 was Ugx220billion.
 
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With an annual decrease in the crime rate over the last 9 years, the number of remanded and convicted inmates is expected to reduce tremendously.
 
However, Baine says, the low crime rate is simply a percentage and the number of people arrested, remanded and convicted has continued to increase as the population increases.
 
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