The task force that has been looking into death sentences now advises that the country adopts new systems of sentence for offenders serving long or death sentences.
Currently, if an offender is found guilty and is sentenced to death or life imprisonment, they remain in jail and serve their term until they die.
The task force, however, would like the system hands down life sentences that will have parole factored in.
In parole, a prisoner who is sentenced to life imprisonment or long jail terms can be released before serving their whole jail term only on the condition that they will abide by some conditions.
The task force made a report explaining that parole gives an opportunity for offenders to reform and be guided and supported in their transition from prison life to living peaceably in the community.
The task force said that parole is not suggested to serve as an easy way out for convicts, as there will be aboard to assess whether or not a convict deserves parole.
The team said that there will be factors the parole board will consider before offenders get parole, such as offenders who may not have fully reformed, or a still vengeful community or victims, offender’s behavior after conviction, and time spent behind bars.
The team also said that before an offender is released, the parole board will have to look into the circumstances that led to the offense, offender’s criminal records and history of anti-social behavior. Their mental state will also be a crucial factor.
For offenders who qualify for parole, they will be given conditions they must adhere to in order to retain their freedom. The team proposes that they report to their parole officers at specified places and time and live with specified people such as parents at specified locations.
The team has urged the office of the Attorney General (AG) and members of the National Assembly to set up an inquiry and develop laws that will clearly define what constitutes a life sentence.