SOME 200 prisoners have been released from the Busia GK Prison. Co-ordination PS Josephta Mukobe said the move is meant to decongest the prison.
She called upon those released to abide by the law and become good citizens. "The move was purposely to reduce overcrowding in prisons and to cut down the costs of feeding the prisoners considering the high cost food," Mukobe said. She was speaking yesterday their prison where she met inmates and officers.
Mukobe said some 12,000 inmates have been released countrywide. She said those released acquired skills that can enable them earn a living.
"While in prison, they engaged in income generating activities which can improve their livelihoods," Mukobe said. She said the government will provide training facilities to prisons across the country.
"There is urgent need for cooperation by different sectors of the government in order to ensure the success of the government's efforts to transform the character of the prisoners," Mukobe said.
She said the Busia GK prison had 390 inmates before the release of the 200. Mukobe said majority of the inmates released were convicted of minor offences.
"Those convicted to jail terms over murder, rape, robbery with violence and those who had more than three years to complete their sentences were not released," she said.