Thirty six inmates serving short sentences in Prisons in Lamu and Tana River Counties have been released in the ongoing decongestion programme in Kenyan prisons.
The Tana River County Probation Officer, David Mui said on Saturday that 17 of the inmates had been set free while 18 were committed to community service and one put under probation.
Mui, who was speaking at the Tana River Huduma Centre where the inmates started their community service by planting trees, said the sentence of one inmate had been reduced while five other matters were rejected by Garsen Resident Judge, Ngenye Macharia last Tuesday.
Initially, we had placed 64 matters for review before the Lady Justice Macharia, but by the time the matters were determined, 23 inmates had completed their sentences, he said.
Mui said all the inmates who had their sentences reviewed were from Hola and Hindi GK Prisons in Tana River and Lamu Counties.
Some of the released prisoners who acquired some vocational skills while in prisons were given kits to help them start new lives away from crime, Mr. Mui said. Others who had been booked for trade tests would be required to return to their respective prisons to sit their examinations.
The Tana River Deputy County Commissioner (CC), Michael Kioni asked the released inmates to avoid criminal activities and use the skills they had acquired while in prison to lead better lives.
Our prisons are meant to produce some of the best furniture in this country, all made by inmates. There is no doubt that you have acquired trade skills and I ask you to go and use them and avoid activities that could see you return to jail, Kioni said.
He urged members of the communities to which the former prisoners were returning to accept them back as they had been rehabilitated.
Source: Kenya News Agency