Here are the details of the alternative sentencing bill

The Ministry of Justice has detailed its alternative sentencing program to the General Secretariat of the Government. The version of this bill, which aims to fight against prison overcrowding, provides for various alternative sentences to imprisonment.

Abdellatif Ouahbi’s department quickly implemented its alternative sentencing bill, an ambitious project which should allow prisons to have a more fluid management of the prison population and should also give magistrates new means to avoid the prison box for minor offences.

The first version of the project submitted to the General Secretariat of the Government (SGG) was carried out after discussing the proposals with the various services concerned such as the General Directorate for National Security (DGSN), the General Delegation for Prison Administration and Reintegration (DGAPR) or the National Human Rights Council (CNDH) in order to better understand this issue.

The bill thus excludes persons prosecuted for serious crimes from alternative sentences and de facto excludes persons involved in the sexual abuse of minors, the international trafficking of drugs and psychotropic tablets, the trafficking of organs, the embezzlement of funds public authorities, corruption and abuse of power.

It provides for community service, ranging from 40 to a maximum of 600 hours, where each day in prison will be equivalent to 2 hours of community service.

It is also planned to replace prison sentences with fines ranging from 100 to 2,000 dirhams per day depending on the means of the accused and the degree of gravity of the facts, this should already make it possible to alleviate the pre-trial detainees who represent more 40% of the prison population in Morocco.

The department of Ouahbi has also proposed the track of the electronic bracelet for sentences of less than two years. The judge could thus attach to it obligations of professional training, restrictions of movement or the need to report to a police station on a recurring basis.

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