GOVERNMENT PLEDGES TO REDUCE OVERCROWDING IN PRISONS.

Government says it has resolved to reform the justice system in the country to avoid delays in the conclusion of matters before courts which has contributed to congestion in prisons or correctional facilities.

Speaking during the launch of the prisons and correctional centers audit in Lusaka, Minister of Justice Mulambo Haimbe said government is aware of the congestion and overcrowding in prisons and correctional facilities in the country which has reached a level of more than a 1 hundred and 60 percent of established capacity.

Mr. Haimbe further revealed that government is in the process of introducing an automated case flow management system which will link all justice institutions to help track cases and enhance transparency and accountability in the systems.

“Government is considering the decriminalization of petty offences and the effective use of non-custodial sentences as set out in the envisaged legislative reform of the penal code,” he said.

Meanwhile, officiating at the same event Minister of Home Affairs Jack Mwimbu said the launch has been organized to undertake assessment on the status of prisons and correctional facilities to identify and consolidate key issues such as delayed judgment of cases and lack of infrastructure which is causing overcrowding and come up with measures to address the situation.

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