Africa’s prisons officers to meet in Kigali next week

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Heads of correctional institutions from across Africa are expected in Kigali this weekend for a five-day meeting to discuss governance and management of prisons.

Commissioner General of Rwanda Correctional Service George Rwigamba told journalists Friday that the biennial African Correctional Services Association conference will bring together heads of prisons, experts, academicians, civil society organizations to deliberate on how prisons can be well managed.

The meeting offers an opportunity for prison managers and other experts from diverse correctional backgrounds to share experiences on best practices in prison management and governance, he said.

To run from May 15 to 19, the meeting is expected to draw about 500 participants.

Rwigamba said during the conference participants will tour various correctional facilities in Rwanda, looking at inmates’ activities, including income generating projects.

According to officials, Rwanda has managed to construct some of its prisons using inmates labor. Rwanda has over 50,000 inmates hosted in 14 prison facilities countrywide.

The African Correctional Services Association was formed in 2008. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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