Assisting the Process of Prison Reform in South Sudan 

Project Status: Closed

Project Duration: 29/06/2010 - 31/01/2014

Project Duration: US$ 4,382,959


Government of Canada - Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START)

Government of the United States of America - US State Department, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL)

UN Women's Guild


South Sudan Prisons Service (SSPS)

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Corrections Unit

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Outline And Objectives

This project is classified as the third phase of the programme to develop strategic priorities that seek to ensure sustainable and enduring reform of the criminal justice system in South Sudan. Phase III harmonizes the objectives of phases I and II and thus contributes to South Sudan's efforts to rebuild its correctional system and bring it into conformity with internationally recognized standards.  This phase builds on the achievements of phase I and II to further strengthen the capacity of the Prisons Service to implement broad ranging reforms. By doing so, the project will promote the rule of law and the establishment of an efficient, effective and humane criminal justice system.

The objective of the project is to assist the process of prison reform in South Sudan by building leadership capacity within the prison service to strengthen their ability to manage the prison population more effectively and more humanely. This is to be achieved by:

  1. Establishing a Prisons Service Training Academy.
  2. Enhancing general staff training.
  3. Improving prison health and sanitation. 
  4. Strengthening the legal and policy framework.
  5. Enhancing linkages in the criminal justice system.
  6. Strengthening court liaison.
  7. Expanding the probation function within the prison system.

Key Achievements

  1. Established a functional and operational prisons service training centre
    • Completing and equipping the Lologo Training Centre
    • Developing the core staff to manage a Prisons Service Training Centre
  2. Trained SSPS staff to take steps to improve prison health
    • Improving prison health and hygiene
    • Rehabilitation of health facilities
    • Strengthening the administration of health and medical services to ensure prison health and nutrition
    • Provision of nutrition and supplementary feeding
    • Promotion of prevention and health
  3. Strengthened legal and policy framework and enhanced prisons service general staff training
    • Revising standing orders and prison regulations
    • Providing comprehensive training to Prisons Service staff on the new legislation, regulations and standing orders
  4. Enhanced linkages in the criminal justice system
    • Strengthening the Criminal Justice Linkage Committee
    • Development of a court liaison function in prisons
  5. Expanded probation function within the prison system
    • Promoting non-custodial sanctions as a sentencing option for minor offenders, children in conflict with the law and vulnerable offenders.
    • Building the capacity of probation officers
    • Strengthening information management