Blessed are the Peacemakers
Zambian prisons are exploding
Zambia’s prison population is high, as seen in the chart.
Because of a serious backlog in the legal systems, many
inmates wait in prison as long as seven years to come to
Overcrowding effects include overburdened sanitary
facility, spreading communicable diseases such as
tuberculosis STD, HIV/AIDS and increased tension and
cases of violence.
Facility name Current inmate Capacity % over capacity
Kamfinsa 1,200 350 350
Lusaka 1,375 260 530
Kamwala 780 250 312
Mwebeshi 360 80 312
Kansenshi 450 250 312
Ndola 350 60 600
Chondwe 260 80 325
Mukobeko 2,350 600 390
Mpima 300 80 375
Mongu 600 160 375
Livingstone 600 200 300
Chipata 600 100 600
Restorative justice in Africa has been highlighted
by recovery of indigenous justice practices, use
of community service to address chronic prison
overcrowding. Policy change with restorative
justice will be a method of reducing court and
Retributive justice vs. Restorative Justice
defined narrowly, defined relationally as
abstractly, a legal violation of people
infraction, only legal overall context
variables relevant relevant
state as victim people as victims
State (active) victim & offender
offender (passive) primary with state &
pain, suffering by making things right
identifying needs &
problem solving. harm by offender balanced
by making right
harm by offender balanced
by harm to offender
Oriented to past Oriented to future
OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF CURE
ZAMBIA TRAINING PROGRAM
This program is designed to reduce prison overcrowding by diverting
cases, mostly minor offences into mediation process.
In mediation, we seek to bring offender together with the people
they have wronged to find ways to repair the harm, explore
forgiveness and make plans for their transition back into the
The graduates of this training program will seek peaceful
resolution, including an exchange of restitution and forgiveness
between offender and victim.
QUALITIES OF A MEDIATOR.
Earn the trust of the parties.
ROLES OF A MEDIATOR.
Commitment to the parties concern.
Neutrality-not to takes sides.
Stand with us in prayer,
we can make this a reality.
THANKS FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION.