Source: (2001) Speech given at the launching of Community Service Orders in Uganda.

Community service is part of penal reform in this country, which will ultimately contribute to the improvement of the rule of law in the country. The decision to include community service among punishments for offences in the crime was taken for various reasons. At the top of the list was the need to decongest prisons. The state of prisons in Uganda has been a major concern both for the government and human rights bodies. Lack of space in prisons has led to prisoners to be kept under inhumane conditions like sleeping on the floor, lack of proper feeding, rapid spread of diseases, and mixing of hardcore prisoners with petty offenders. Community service was thus envisaged as a way of reducing numbers that are being sent to the prisons. (excerpt)

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