PLEA BARGAIN TRAINING INTRODUCED AT UPPER MAXIMUM PRISON.
The Principal Judge, His Lordship Yorokamu Bamwine introduced the plea bargaining training to prisoners at Upper Maximum prison yesterday 2 May, 2018.
His Lordship Bamwine, roots for plea bargaining as an opportunity to address case backlog and reduce on the costs of dispensing justice advised prisoners on remand to admit to crimes that they committed in exchange for lenient sentences. He however urged prisoners not to admit to offences they did not commit.
The Principal Judge was accompanied by the Director Public Prosecutions, Mike Chibita who called upon prisoners to embrace plea bargaining system because it reduces the time spent on remand and its less costly.
Commissioner of Prisons, Custodial Services Munanura Robert who represented the Commissioner General of Prisons revealed that plea bargaining , since its introduction had helped reduce congestion at the Luzira prisons complex.