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MP advocates for criminals to be caned instead of being sent to prison

A Member of Parliament (MP) in Zambia is advocating for criminals to be caned, instead of serving sentences, in order to prevent congestion in the country’s prisons.

MP advocates for criminals to be caned instead of being sent to prison

Kapembwa Simbao, who is on Zambia’s parliamentary public accounts committee, believes this is the best way to reduce prison overcrowding.

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The BBC reports that there are currently about 22,000 inmates countrywide with a system designed to accommodate 8,000 prisoners.

Mr. Simbao, therefore, wants a bill drawn to replace prison sentences with heavy lashes for convicts.

“Why isn’t it possible to come up with a bill which can lead to many of these offences to be translated into lashes to reduce congestion in correctional facilities? Are you scared of offloading these people on the street?” he is quoted as saying.

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“We need to think outside the box and my suggestion is converting the years one is sentenced into lashes. We cannot have 22,000 people put in facilities which can only accommodate 8,000 people.”

Meanwhile, the lawmaker was quick to add that persons who have committed capital offences should be excluded from this sort of punishment.

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