Prisons grapples with balancing rights, rehabilitation


FRANCISTOWN: Denying local prisoners some of their basic human rights or privileges is seen as a significant barrier against their reform.

Critics argue that denying prisoners some basic rights perpetuates cycles of violence, habitual relapse into crime and impacts negatively on their overall rehabilitation. They advocate for a more progressive approach that prioritises robust rehabilitation programs and the seamless reintegration of inmates into society.

However, the Botswana Prison Service (BPS) outgoing Commissioner Dinah Marathe has reiterated that it is impossible for Botswana to allow prisoners to retain some of their basic rights. Marathe emphasises the necessity of denying certain privileges to maintain accountability and proper policing in prisons.

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Let’s get the constitutional amendment right

Their concerns highlight the need for meaningful dialogue between government and relevant stakeholders to ensure the best interests of the country are served.This was in addition to other voices from opposition politicians and civil society organisations.The stance underscores the importance of citizen participation in the constitutional amendment process. The AFM rightly assert that such weighty matters demand thorough discussions to reflect the...

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