Juvenile offenders to further education
11 June 2014, 19:00
Nyeri - Nyeri County probation office has launched a juvenile Justice Programme to help underage law offenders serving non-custodial sentences.
The programme is aimed at supporting and mentoring the minors further their education endeavors, according to the county probation officer Boniface Muindu.
“We have established that some of these young offenders engage in criminal activities due to factors such as dropping out of school or being idle. That’s why we have decided to pay fees for those willing to study,” said Muindi.
He explained that the programme was meant to assist the young offenders through education and skills empowerment to enable them lead a crime free life after acquiring the skills and also as a way of reintegrating them back into the society.
Muindu noted that the programme would be expanded to cater for more such offenders as a way of making them leave crime completely.
The officer was speaking on Wednesday morning after presenting cheques worth over KES 116, 806 to seven students from various institutions of learning within the area.
He added that the department had set aside KES 300,000 this year to offset school fees for the students who are petty offenders serving non-custodial sentences but are currently in learning institutions.
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