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Community urged to change attitude on ex-convicts

11 March 2016, 12:31 Joseph Njung’eh

Nairobi - The Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) has urged Kenyans to change their altitude on ex-convicts released by the state under the Power of Mercy Act 2011.

 The Church Secretary General, Peter Kariuki, said some of the convict set free under the progamme have received hostility and rejection from their relatives and the community at large.

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“It is sad that most of the prisoners released under the program are being chased away, instead of being integrated back into the community, they need to be given hope,” Kariuki observed.

Speaking at King’ong’o maximum prison in Nyeri during a visit to prisoners, Kariuki asked the society to accord them a second chance to live amongst them.

He said those pardoned have reformed, adding that any continued discrimination only serve to worsen the situation and force  them back to criminal activities. 

“Everyone has the potential to change behavior and characters, once a prisoner has been pardoned, he has a right to live despite their past action and deeds,” he noted.

He thanked the prison department for initiating key reforms aimed at improving living conditions in all correctional facilities. 

He urged the government to consider allowing inmates in all correctional facilities a right to vote once they are allowed to register as voters. 

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