Securing Bail for Needy Petty Offenders in Prison

Family re-Union: This was after the accused person had secured Court Bond and was being reunited to his children by the Paralegals and Social workers Family re-Union: This was after the accused person had secured Court Bond and was being reunited to his children by the Paralegals and Social workers

 

Problem

Prisoner No. 1404/14 Mugisha Samuel was remanded to Mbarara Main Prison on 16th Dec 2014 on charges of theft, Case file no. 1576/14. His incarceration had a grave impact on his family and increased their vulnerability.

His family was living in rented accommodation and they had accumulated house rent arrears. When the Land Lord learnt that the head of the household was in prison, he evicted the family of the inmate and went ahead to remove the roof so that they could not stay any longer. At the time, the wife of the inmate was pregnant and had five children between the ages of 3 – 12 years. She was stranded with the children and for lack of resources to look after the children, she opted to abandon them. The children who were now left to the mercy of well-wishers decided to walk to the prison to inform their father. Early in the morning on 24th /02/2015, the five (5) children weary and hungry arrived at the prison to narrate their ordeal to their father (an inmate).

Intervention

The PAS team considered the plight and predicament of the children and embarked on advocating for the release of the father on bail so that he could take care of his family.

The PAS team took the children to the Police – Child and Family Protection Unit (C.F.P.U). Due to the good working relations with Court, the PAS team expressed the plight of children to the Magistrate G.I who was handling that file. They secured a production warrant for the accused person.

Result

The following day, he was taken to court and as a result, the accused was granted court bond. A few days later, Mugisha Samuel the prisoner who was now out of prison on Court Bond freely walked to the PAS office, he had this to say;

Testimony

“From the bottom of my heart, I thank the Paralegals for helping me come out of the Prison. I was very helpless, I had lost hope. I certainly believe, if it was not for the help of paralegals, I would still be in prison as my wife and children would remain homeless wanderers. Once again I thank you. May God bless you”

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