The Directorate of Community Service is mandated with the overall implementation of Community Service Orders in Uganda under the Ministry of Internal Affairs (CS Act 2000 , CAP 115). Community Service is a non-custodial punishment by which after conviction, the court with the consent of the offender makes an order for the offender to serve the community rather than undergo imprisonment. Community Service is one of the key reforms in the criminal justice administration system meant to enhance community involvement in the administration of justice.
Community Service is statutorily under section 10 of the Community Service Act 2000 charged with the following functions.
The Act sates that; “Community Service means non-custodial punishment by which after conviction, the court with the consent of the offender makes an order for the offender to serve the community rather than undergo imprisonment.” A community Service Order requires an offender to perform unpaid work of public interest for a specified period of time while residing in his or her home so that he or she can be rehabilitated and constructively reintegrated into Society. Community Service Orders are issued by the High Court and its subordinate Courts.
To rehabilitate offenders within their communities.
To decongest prisons.
To reduce the rate of re-offending (recidivism).
To reduce government expenditure on offenders in prisons.
To promote family and social cohesion through reconciliation of offenders, victims and the community.
To enhance the protection of offenders' human rights.
To increase involvement of the public in the administration of justice.