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The prison houses both convicted and sentenced inmates, as well as suspects awaiting trial. It has a men’s section and a women’s section. It also houses the country death row amounting to about 500 men and women. A welfare project was carried out by installing windows, lighting, plumbing, furniture, mattresses and linen, as part of the African Prisons Project. The prison has a library of over 7,000 books from the UK.
Inmates assume responsibility for maintenance of harmony and functionality of the units where they live, including the growing and harvesting of food, its preparation and its distribution within the prison. Learning is encouraged, with many men learning and teaching carpentry skills to others. There is also the Condemned Choir of Luzira Prison which is made up of inmates on death row. There is an educational system, a beauty parlor, sewing, basket making and arts and crafts at Luzira Maximum Security Women’s Prison.