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VOLUNTEERS WILL HELP WORK ON AMNESTY FOR WAR CRIMES
NON CUSTODIAN SENTENCING POLICY IN AFRICA

 Human Rights Program

Access to Justice, Law & Policy Reforms and Youth Development

Experience Liberia represents the youth on the Coalition of the Right to Information (RTI) which is spearheaded by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI), Africa office in Liberia. The organization played a key role in the advocacy and activities for the passage of an effective RTI Law. Experience Liberia led the team on an awareness campaign to all the Regions ahead of the Members of Parliament’s (MPs) Regional Consultation on the RTI Bill, while monitoring the consultation process. Representing the youth on the coalition, the Foundation has been mostly responsible for the mobilization and active participation of all protests and matches that have also helped increase pressure on policy makers to push the bill to its current state, now in Parliament.

 Experience Liberia on behalf of the coalition have engaged Student-journalists at the Ghana Institute of Journalism and other groups sensitizing them on the bill, its short falls as well as calling on them to push for the speedy passage of the bill.

Non Custodian Policy Sentencing

Non Custodial Sentence or Alternative Sentence refers to a punishment given by a court of law that does not involve a prison term. Non-Custodial sentence has various forms including community service order, probation order, supervision order (parole), drug testing and treatment order etc.

The last 15 years have seen a growing interest in the development of alternative sentences across the globe. In September 1996 the International Conference on Prison Conditions in Africa produced a declaration which recommended that community service and other non-custodial measures should be preferred to imprisonment where possible. The declaration proposed that successful African models of non-custodial measures should be studied and applied in countries where they were not yet being used. In addition, it was proposed that education be provided to the public about the objectives of alternatives and the various ways in which they work.

Placement Length

The average volunteer placement is around three months which allows volunteers to establish solid relationships in the community and contribute a reasonable amount of time to the projects. It is important to recognise that, although the volunteers will benefit enormously from their experience volunteering with Experience Liberia

Program Coordination

It is very important to maintain consistency and continuity in relationships, projects and work already underway and, to this end, we have a Volunteer Projects Manager  who is responsible for all volunteers. He will introduce arriving volunteers to Liberia and the staff.