Private sector urged to help address overcrowding in Prisons

Lusaka, 0ctober 11, 2012,ZANIS --- The Zambia Prisons Service  and Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) has appealed to the private sector in the country  to help Government in addressing the issue of overcrowding in most prisons across the country.

Zambia Prison Service Commissioner Percy Chato made the appeal yesterday during a one day workshop organised by the Prison Service and Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRIWA) at Barn Motel in Lusaka yesterday.

ZANIS reports that Mr. Chato said the workshop which was held under the theme “Promoting prisons Reforms Justice, Security and Social Development in Zambia" was a critical in the country’s criminal justice system.

Commissioner Chato disclosed that the Zambian Government has already started prison reforms but that Government alone cannot manage to address the many challenges faced by prisons and prisoners.

And Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action Executive Director Dr. Uju Agomoh said a lot of resources and support from cooperating partners are required to address the many challenges faced by prisons in the country.

Dr. Agomoh said that the private sectors, not only in Zambia, can contribute greatly in reducing challenges as well as in the rehabilitation of Prisoners facing different jail sentences.

She said the issue of overcrowding in most African Prisons needs a multi agency partnership with all concerned co-operating partners joining hand with Government.

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