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Inmates released in decongestion programme

11 July 2014, 14:30 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - More than 100 inmates from King’ong'o GK prison in Nyeri have been set free in a decongestion programme.
The inmates were released following a High Count order issued by Lady Justice Jessie Lessit after reviewing their sentences.
Those who benefited from the programme were petty offenders while others were serving sentences below three years.
In the order, Justice Lessit placed some of the released inmates on community service and probation, while others saw their jail terms reduced.
According to a report from Nyeri Central probation office documented by Liberatta Njue, some offenders could not benefit from the programme especially those whose security could not be guaranteed once released.
Some of the factors considered before releasing the inmates included age, medical condition of the prisoner, seriousness of the offence and its prevalence in the area and level of acceptance by the community.
“Some of these inmates acquired various skills such as carpentry, masonry and sewing while serving their terms. Therefore, if assisted to acquire tools they would engage in meaningful businesses,” Njue said in the report.

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