Kenya Prisons Announces Mass Release Of Prisoners

Speaking at the Mwea prisons on Thursday, the PS stated that majority of the convicts will be released through the Power of Mercy, and that most of the detainees might be released by the end of the year through clemency.

The Ministry of Correctional Services has unveiled initiatives to enhance prison conditions by decongesting them.

Mary Muthoni, Principal Secretary Ministry for the State Department of Correctional Services, stated that they are collaborating with the Judiciary to ensure that minor offenders receive non-custodial service so that they could continue to contribute to the country’s economy.

Speaking at the Mwea prisons on Thursday, the PS stated that majority of the convicts will be released through the Power of Mercy, and that most of the detainees might be released by the end of the year through clemency.

She contended that continuing to house a large number of convicts in Kenyan jails would be counterproductive.

At the moment, Kenyan jails are overcrowded.

Those who have been imprisoned for minor offenses, as well as those on long terms who can demonstrate that they have changed their ways, shall be freed.

According to the PS, the decongestion will allow resources to be focused on improving conditions for those who remain incarcerated.