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Prisoner classification framework and related tools workshop successfully held in Uganda



Entebbe, 13 October 2021 -- Uganda Prisons Service (UPS) is all ready to roll out further on-site training of its officers in the use of the Prisoner Classification Framework and related tools after a successful two-day training of trainers workshop of nine members (seven men and two women) of the Prisoner Classification Technical Working Group (TWG) that took place 12-13 October 2012 at Admas Grand Hotel, Entebbe.

Held under the auspices of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and facilitated by UNODC Consultant Mr. Paul English, the meeting developed course outlines, identified the teaching material to be used in rolling out the training and agreed six sites for the initial roll out.

 The nine participants reviewed the current policy and practice of classification under the Uganda Prisons Service, strategised the future of classification in the Prisons Service and outlined the role of prison staff in achieving this vision.

 The participants learned different techniques and methods of teaching the use of Prisoner Assessment and Classification Tools Booklet (Pre-Trial Prisoners), Prisoner Assessment and Classification Booklet (Convicted Prisoners), Self-Study Guide for Prisoner Assessment and Classification, and User Guide Prisoner Assessment and Classification Tools.

 Uganda Prisons Service Commissioner for Safety and Security Operations, Mr. Wilson Francis Magomu officially opened the workshop. He expressed gratitude to UNODC and the funders for supporting this very important component of the project that will greatly improve how Uganda Prisons Service classifies prisoners in general, and more especially the extreme violent ones.

 UNODC Head of Office in Uganda, Ms. Sharon Nyambe stated that she was pleased with the outcomes of the training workshop as well as the way forward and the roadmap of piloting the classification framework and tools at six prison sites in the next couple of months.

 The development of the Prisoner Classification Framework and related tools is part of the Preventing the Spread of Violent Extremism in the Prison Context project implemented by the UNODC in collaboration with the United Nations Centre for Counter-Terrorism (UNCCT) with the support of the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UNCTED).

For further inquiries:

Ms. Sharon Lesa Nyambe-

Head of Office, UNODC Programme Office of Uganda