Ruto Announces Plan to End Prison overcrowding

April 25, 2023

Alternative dispute resolution platforms will be instituted to tackle crowding in prisons, President William Ruto has said.

The President said more space will also be made available to accommodate the growing prison population.

He said work is in progress to identify and develop new prison sites.

“This move will provide ample opportunities to impart skills via correctional services in the spirit of rehabilitation and reform.”

The President made the remarks on Monday during the pass-out parade of 222 Prisons Officer Cadets at the Prisons Staff Training College in Ruiru.

Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki, Defense Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale, and Commissioner-General of Prisons John Warioba, among other leaders, were present.

According to data, more than 10,000 prisoners are serving sentences of less than three years. Further, 41 per cent of the prison population is awaiting trial for bailable offences.

“It is important for stakeholders in the justice value chain to consider alternatives to imprisonment for minor sentences,” said the President.

Dr Ruto asked the Judiciary to provide leadership in the matter and the Attorney-General to initiate necessary engagements.

The President lauded the prisons authority for aligning its correctional services with the Government’s transformational agenda.

The President explained that the rehabilitation and correction framework now focuses on reform, re-direction and the empowerment of prisoners for effective social participation.

Mr Mudavadi asked the graduands to remain professional at their work.

“Be guided by the rule of law so that Kenya can remain a beacon of stability in the region.”

On his part, Prof Kindiki said a clear career progression in prisons will be observed to boost the morale of officers.

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