The role of the law in the protection of rights of prisoners

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Kampala International University, School of Law
The study sought to analyze the role oflaw in the protection of the rights of prisoners. The study objectives were; to analyze the various legal policy and institutional framework for the protection of prisoners' rights in Uganda, to discuss the international and national legal provisions in protecting rights of prisoners' and to suggest remedies to the protection of the rights of prisoners. Although there is a lot of legislation, text books, scholarly papers and research articles about the protection of the rights of prisoners, the same remain on paper and there practical application remain shrouded with unce1iainty. Human rights of prisoners are a contentious issue in both international and national human rights. The law prohibits cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment against prisoners' protects freedom of worship, right to life etc. The prisoners face the challenges of poor living conditions, overcrowding in prison cell, poor feeding etc.; the researcher recommends that the judiciary should ensure that community service and non-custodial sentences are followed to decrease congestion in prison, recommends that adequate education and sensitization be made for the prison staff and inmates, recommends that judiciary in its mandate should increase on its efficiency and even set a specific time period in which a case should be concluded, this could help in ensuring justice for the prisoners.
A research paper submitted in the school of law in fulfillment of the requirement for the award of a Degree in law (LLB) at Kampala International University
Law, Protection, Rights of prisoners