COVID-19: Kenya releases 3,837 prisoners & remandees to decongest prisons

(Female prisoners in Kenya)

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rise, Kenya has released 3,837 prisoners & remandees to decongest prisons.

Commissioner General of Prison Mr Wycliffe Ogalo said in a statement that, “In our efforts to decongest correctional institutions with a view of protecting the prison population against the Coronavirus, the Kenya Prisons Service has released 3,837 prisoners and remandees in concurrence with the National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ”

All the people released are petty offenders comprising of 898 who have already served the entirety of their respective jail terms; 2267 who had their sentences revised by the high courts across the country; while 627 have been freed after their bail or bond terms were reviewed by magistrate courts.

The above measures were taken “in line with the understanding that close and unprotected interaction and or contact between individuals is the single most contributory factor for the spread of Covid-19” and that the decision to free them was aiming at achieving the social distancing within prisons to help combat the global pandemic.

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