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Female prisoners to enjoy more time with family

22 April 2014, 16:03 Magdalyn Mwaniki

Nakuru - Female inmates in Nakuru Women Maximum prison will now enjoy three open days in a year to enable them sustain the bond with their families.

According to the officer in charge of the Nakuru Women maximum prison, Rosemary Njenga, the three open days will be held during the school holidays so they can spend more time with their families especially the children.

She added that the program will enable the women to keep track of their families despite being behind the bars.

“Mothers play a crucial role in the families and growth of children and therefore the open days will help them interact and also allow the inmates to be re-accepted by their families," she said.

The program Will also help to integrate outgoing inmates with the society as they prepare to get out and continue with their normal lives.

This will also reduce the gap created by the different environments.

“The program is facilitated by the prison administration together with well wishers and is aiming at ensuring that all inmates get a chance to interact with their families and get a chance to share a meal unlike the usual visits where they only interact for a few minutes,” she added.

The women's prison, which currently holds 176 inmates, has not only helped in the reforming of the inmates but has also in helping them acquire skills.

Njenga, who is a the main stakeholder of the initiative, was speaking to journalists in the first open day where more than 100 inmates were visited by their families and friends.

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