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Prisons department appeals for funding

25 November 2013, 14:37

Nairobi - Prisons Commissioner, Isaiah Wasugo, appealed for funding to enable the understaffed department hire more personnel and procure material that would enhance operations.

This follows revelations that the Prison Department was understaffed and required an additional 3,000 officers to fill up the deficit and ensure there was enough security that was provided within the prison facilities.

According to Wasugo, the last prison warder’s recruitment exercise was undertaken in 2010, which he said explained the under-staffing.

This and the shortage of equipment were scuttling security in the prisons amid serious crimes, he warned.

“What I would want to emphasize actually is we need screening machines to know where we are. We are handling terrorists, serious groups of people charged with robberies. We also need serious equipment more so screening of prisoners coming in and out and one knows we do movements daily to and from courts,” Wasugo said.

The country has over the years witnessed cases of inmates breaking out of prisons.

The government also acknowledged congestion problems in the facilities with most prisons handling almost twice their capacity.

The government further noted that there was an urgent need to educate Kenyans on integrating prisoners in the society after completion of their terms.

This was after complaints by former detainees they were still being perceived as criminals despite their transformation.

– CAJ News


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