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Congestion in South Western Region Prisons Worries Officers

Innocent Draville, the Officer in Charge of Mbarara Main Prison, says that the facility that was constructed to host only 324 inmates currently accommodate 2581. He says that the inmates now sleep in turns because of space problems.
A document showing the overwhelming numbers of prisoners from different government prisons of south western uganda

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The number of inmates in the prison facilities in South Western Uganda has more than doubled, the  Regional Police Commander,  Celestino Twesigye has revealed.

Apparently, there are 8327 inmates out of the required 2064 inmates the 16 prison facilities in the region are meant to accommodate.

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Innocent Draville, the Officer in Charge of Mbarara Main Prison, says that the facility that was constructed to host only 324 inmates currently accommodate 2581. He says that the inmates now sleep in turns because of space problems.

Speaking on behalf of  Johnson Byabashaija, the Commissioner-General of Prisons at the launch of the plea bargaining Camp22 in Mbarara, the commissioner of Prison, Baker Asinjah noted that the challenge of congestion affects other facilities like Lira, Gulu, Masindi, Jinja and Masaka. He noted the judiciary needs to also remand suspects to farm prisons which still have some little space.

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