Govt. to decentralise reformatory schools

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The Legal and Justice Sector Reform Commission is shocked that the country has only one reformatory school for juvenile delinquents.

 

Commission Chairperson Frederick Chomba said it was shocking that the country has only Katombora Reformatory where juvenile wrongdoers can be sent for reformation.

 

This came to light after Kabwe resident Jolly Mwansa petitioned the commission to ensure that more reformatory schools are constructed and decentralised at both provincial and district level to ensure that justice prevails.

 

Mr. Mwansa bemoaned that there were a lot of juveniles languishing in prisons with hard core criminals because their cases had not been heard.

 

However, Prison Service Deputy Commissioner Frederick Chilukutu assured the public that government was in the process of decentralising reformatory schools.

 

Mr. Chilukutu attributed the slow pace to decentralise reformatory schools to inadequate funding but hoped that the process will be expedited soon.

 

He said government has since identified and approved Nakambala School as one of the centres to be used as a reformatory school for juvenile.

 

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