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Teso Leaders Demand Remand Home

Children who come into conflict with the law in the region are detained with other criminals in various police stations in the region due to lack of a remand home.
Public Relations Officer Prisons, Frank Baine shakes hands with Soroti stake holders after the consultation meeting at Soroti high Court on Wednesday

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Leaders in the Teso sub-region are demanding for the establishment of a remand home.

Children who come into conflict with the law in the region are detained with other criminals in various police stations in the region due to lack of a remand home. 

Amos Oluka, the Soroti District Senior Probation and Social Welfare officer says the absence of the remand home is an abuse of children's rights.

Oluka says that the establishment of a remand home would boost service delivery in the dispensation of justice to juvenile offenders in the region. 

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Cyprian Olupot, a police detective attached to Soroti Central Police Station says that they face a big challenge when handling juveniles due to lack of a remand home.

He also says that offenders in the region are at risk of being lynched by the mob whenever granted bail due to lack of a remand home.

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Grace Wakooli, the Soroti Grade One Magistrate, says that in order to reduce on juvenile offenders, leaders and parents should sensitize their children against engaging in criminal acts.

“Right now am handling cases of teenage pregnancies, whereby a children impregnating another child and if parents and leaders were involved in sensitizing their children about this bad behaviour there wouldn't be such cases,” Wakooli said,

There are only seven remand homes in Uganda including Fort Portal, Gulu, Mbale, Masindi, Arua, Kampiringisa in Mpigi and Naguru. Gulu Remand Home serves the entire region and some parts of West Nile.