Govt approves establishment of open prisons

Govt approves establishment of open prisons

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By Gwendoline Mugauri


The Ministry of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs has approved a longstanding proposal for the establishment of an open prison in each of the country’s ten provinces – in a move expected to promote civilized reformation and rehabilitation of prisoners.


In a speech read on his behalf by the Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs permanent secretary Mrs Virginia Mabiza, at the official opening of the Southern Regional Prisons Conference on Promoting Quality Health for Prisoners in the capital today - Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi said establishment of open prisons was primarily targeted at juvenile offenders and women who are currently disadvantaged by the current state of affairs.


Speaking at the same occasion, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services commissioner general Retired Major-General Paradzai Zimondi - hailed the support by the institution’s various stakeholders for converging in Harare to discuss the welfare of the incarcerated in the region.


In the same vein, Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services Head of Health Services Dr Evidence Gaka also weighed in saying the conference was aimed at including all incarcerated persons in the reforms put forward to improve the state of prisons in the region and doing away with the ‘rotting in jail’ mantra.


The regional conference which started today and ends on Thursday - is being attended by prison officials from Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Swathini, Mozambique, and Lesotho. It is running under the theme “Leaving no one behind – Promoting quality health for prison populations especially juveniles and youths in Southern Africa.”


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