142 detainees serving non-custodial sentences in Laikipia – Kenya News Agency
At least 142 inmates are expected to be reintegrated into the community of Laikipia County in order to decongest the prisons.
According to Laikipia County Director, Probation Department David Mbui, once the High Court judge responsible for handling probation reports recommends them for reinstatement based on their records, offenders will have to serve sentences. non-custodial.
Those who should be reinstated are inmates serving prison terms of three years and less.
The decongestion exercise which is carried out in collaboration with the national coordinator of the judicial and probation department aims to unload the overcrowded prisons of Laikipia due to the Covid-19 virus.
“Covid-19 played a role in the conduct of this exercise, but we do it periodically. Our prisons are overcrowded and in order for us to stem the Covid-19 scourge, we need to unload our prisons, ”Mbui said.
“This is done after assessing the prison population and the capacity they are supposed to hold,” he explained. Speaking to the media in Nanyuki, the director said the 142 inmates should be assigned community services to help them reform.
“Since their prison term is not over, we will encourage them to work for the community without pay. We let the community know that we will be working with them to make sure they get the job done. We will also advise them to change their character and reform, ”said Mbui.
“We will also monitor them to make sure that they do not commit an offense while they are engaged in community service,” Mbui added.
Mbui said that after analyzing and identifying the provenance of each detainee, they would go to the community to do sensitization in order to accept them again (detainees).
“Having obtained this basic information, we now go into the field and try to reintegrate it. The reason for going into the field is to remind the community about them (the inmates) and to raise awareness so that they accept them and avoid conflict, ”he said.
He said that, in some cases, communities do not allow the reintegration of those who have committed crimes, fearing that they have not reformed.
“Normally we do our part by going out into the field and interviewing them. And assess whether someone is suitable because there are those that the community rejects completely. Some of them have committed crimes multiple times and when they are released they repeat the same mistakes, ”Mbui noted.
“The High Court judges recommend that offenders work for the community based on the reports we present to them,” he added.
The director of probation noted that the local administration had supported them in crime prevention.
“Local leaders, Nyumba Kumi and the elders of the village are of great importance. They help us to penetrate all parts of the community. They are an integral part of our work in the reintegration process. We also educate them on crime prevention. Our success rate is 99% because we do what the community wants by taking barazas and family conferences to guide offenders, ”he said.
He urged Kenyans to denounce those involved in criminal activity and at the same time seek help from the authorities to avoid breaking the law.
“I would like people to know that the state doesn’t like to punish them. We are the ones breaking the law. The state protects everyone. If there is a problem, report it to the authorities. Give them your problem and they will guide you correctly. As the Nyumba Kumi works very well, ”he concluded.
Probation is when offenders serve their prison sentence outside of prison under close supervision, subject to good behavior.
However, according to the Offenders on Probation Act, Cap. 64, and the Community Service Orders Act, c. 93, those who commit serious crimes, such as sexual violence, terrorism and corruption, are exceptional.
By Muturi Mwangi