Habitual Criminals (Preventive Detention) Act
- Commenced on 13 September 1951
- [This is the version of this document at 31 December 2000.]
- [Note: The version of the Act as at 31 December 2000 was revised and consolidated by the Law Reform Commission of Uganda. All subsequent amendments have been researched and applied by Laws.Africa for ULII.]
1. Court may impose sentence of preventive detention on certain persons
2. Imprisonment in certain cases may be commuted to preventive detentionWhen a person has been sentenced to imprisonment for a term of three years or upwards and he or she appears to the President to have been a habitual criminal, the President may, at any time after two years of the term of imprisonment have expired, commute the whole or any part of the residue of the sentence to a sentence of preventive detention, so, however, that the total term of the sentence when so commuted shall not exceed the term of imprisonment originally awarded.
3. Commencement of preventive detentionA sentence of preventive detention passed in addition to a term of imprisonment shall take effect immediately on the determination of the sentence of imprisonment, whether that sentence is determined by effluxion of time or by order of the President.
4. Establishment of special prisons or prison camps
5. President to review sentences
6. Discharge of person undergoing sentence of preventive detentionNotwithstanding section 5, the President may at any time discharge absolutely any person sentenced to preventive detention whether that person has been released on licence or is still in confinement.
History of this document
31 December 2000 this version
13 September 1951