Uganda: do remand homes rehabilitate children?

Children aged 12 - 18, who find themselves on the wrong side of the law, committing crimes that require more than just a caution, are detained in one of six remand homes gazetted for that purpose.

If awaiting trial, the offending children are placed in Fort Portal, Gulu, Mbale, Masindi, Arua, or Naguru remand homes. It is only children who have been tried and sentenced who are imprisoned at the National Rehabilitation Centre in Kampiringisa.

Incidentally, the centre, besides holding convicts, also houses street children picked off the streets of Kampala.

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