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Soroti Pushes For Juvenile Detention Centre :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Soroti Pushes For Juvenile Detention Centre

Due to lack of a facility, offenders in Teso region are often detained in the adults cell. Others, considered to have committed minor offenses, are handed over to their parents after counseling by the police.

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Authorities in Soroti district are pushing for the establishment of a detention unit for juvenile offenders.

Law enforcers are prohibited from jailing juvenile offenders in the same place, cell or prison together with adult offenders under the Children's Act.

But due to lack of a facility, offenders in soroti district are often detained in the adults' cell. Others, considered to have committed minor offenses, are handed over to their parents after counseling by the police while those presented before the magistrates court are sent to the remand home in Mbale district.

Amos Oluka, the senior probation officer of Soroti district says that the absence of the facility is disturbing.

East Kyoga Regional Police Spokesperson Michael Odongo in says they are equally finding it difficult to handle cases involving child offenders in the absence of lawful detention units.

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Odongo however adds that the newly built stations which include Kaberamaido, Amuria and Katakwi have a provision for moderate detention and counseling rooms for child offenders within.

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Ambrose Egunyu, 42, a resident of Nakatunya trading center urged district authorities to expedite the processes of lobbying for the facility.

In 2015, Soroti district launched the first drive seeking to have the facility established but to date very little has been achieved.

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