Prisons set measures to step up services

KIGALI - In a move meant to improve prison services and operations, the National Prisons Service (NPS) has set up new guidelines and measures to streamline prison leadership and capacity needed to change the face of the department. This was reached during a four-day workshop that brought together all senior executive NPS officers, during which the entire prison force was assessed.
The main entrance of Kigali Central Prison. Prisons officials have vowed to improve the rights of inmates (File Photo)
The main entrance of Kigali Central Prison. Prisons officials have vowed to improve the rights of inmates (File Photo)

KIGALI - In a move meant to improve prison services and operations, the National Prisons Service (NPS) has set up new guidelines and measures to streamline prison leadership and capacity needed to change the face of the department.

This was reached during a four-day workshop that brought together all senior executive NPS officers, during which the entire prison force was assessed.

In her speech the newly appointed head of the service Mary Gahonzire called for vigilance and hard work in every activity that is embodied in NPS.

“The prison service need a lot of improvement which is only possible if the officers and other stakeholders here conduct their duties with vigilance and a sense of responsibility,” Gahonzire said.

Among the changes to be brought on board is a mechanism of tracking and coordinating activities and personnel, which will enable proper follow up and accountability for resources used. 

Other measures proposed included starting up capacity building sessions to close the capacity gap that has hampered the development of the department.

The prison officials also agreed to observe the rights of prisoners like ensuring a healthy environment for them.

An operational link between the prison commission and other departments working in a related field like the prosecution and judiciary was also proposed which should provide an effective communication platform.

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