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Blessed are the Peacemakers Samuel Kawilila CURE ZAMBIA. March 2009. CHINGOLA. 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 trial . 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 population 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 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 prison overcrowding. Retributive justice vs. Restorative Justice Problem Problem 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 Actors Actors State (active) victim & offender offender (passive) primary with state & community Outcomes Outcome pain, suffering by making things right identifying needs & obligations; healing, 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 community. 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. Active Listening. Analyzing Sensitivity Confidentiality. 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, together we can make this a reality. THANKS FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION.
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