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JLOS Taskforce on Probation Services Appointed

The Technical Committee at its sitting on November 20th 2012 considered a draft proposal by the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development to strengthen Probation Services in Uganda. The proposal lists four priority areas : reviewing the legal , regulatory and policy environment under which probation officers operate; increasing access to probation services; improving child focused rehabilitation services as well as a strong focus on diverting children from the formal criminal justice system, which are all aimed at creating a robust Probation Service in Uganda.

Given the importance of Probation Services and the need to strengthen them, the Technical Committee decided to appoint a task force comprising of the following persons to consider the draft proposals.

The members of the Taskforce are:

1. Mr. S Kaboggoza- Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development- Chairperson
2. Ms. Robina Rwakojjo Ministry of Justice & Constitutional Affairs
3. Ms. Maurine Atuhaire- Uganda Police Force
4. Mr. Omitta- Uganda Prisons Services
5. Ms. Margaret Mutonyi- Chairperson J4C
6. A representative of UNICEF
7. A representative of the Registrar of the High Court
8. Ms. Rachel Odoi- Musoke – Secretary.

The Task Force will operate under the following terms of reference:

1. Review and refine the draft proposal on strengthening probation services in Uganda
2. Recommend to the Technical Committee strategies for improving probation services in Uganda.
3. Recommend to the Technical Committee quick wins for incorporation in the JLOS Work Plan for 2013/14.

The Technical Committee reassured the task force of its commitment to support the activities and facilitate the Task Force in carrying out its assignment.