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Monday, 14 May 2012

Barriers to Justice (Sub-Standard Prisons)

The poor conditions of our prisons is thankfully now getting a proper hearing. Part of the reason is the new willingness by the media to cover such issues in more depth. Case in point is this recent article in the Times of Zambia that chronicles the unsuitability of the current prison arrangements for vulnerable groups especially people with disabilities, contrary to current laws.

When the current colonial era prisons were being built no attention was given to the needs of vulnerable inmates. No surprise there. The problem is that the past failures to invest in prison capacity has left many vulnerable groups languishing in deplorable and inhumane conditions. Consider also that a third are on remand - innocent until proven guilty.

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