Rwanda: 182 inmates approved for release on parole
The ministry of Justice has said that at least 182 inmates in Rwandan prisons may stand a chance of being released on parole after a cabinet meeting chaired by President Paul Kagame on February 24, 2014 approved their release.
About 500 inmates from both civilian and military prisons had applied for their release on parole but the minister of Justice Johnston Busingye explained that the inmates who applied and were approved was on grounds that fulfill the required conditions.
He said that those to be released include convicts with five years sentence and below and have served a quarter of their sentence or sentenced to five years and above but have served a third of their sentence.
However, inmates who were convicted of crimes of, rape, terror, drug trafficking, genocide ideology and robbery with violence as well as those with unresolved court business in courts; were not eligible for parole.
He also added inmates who may have applied for parole on grounds that they served a third of their sentence but still have a pending court appeal cases were also not legible on ground that they were pursuing their innocence through court.
In the meantime, those to be released will have to follow specific guidelines that will be closely monitored by their parole officers. Justice Minister, Busingye says that failure to abide by these regulations, especially committing more crimes, will lead to obvious returning behind the bars
The move to release some of the inmates also comes as a timely response to the claims that Rwandan jails have been congested with many inmates and such an initiative, though legally acceptable, many be an additional effort to decongesting the prisons.