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The long serving Director of Probation and Aftercare Service Mr. J.W.O.Oloo, OGW, retired from Public Service with effect from 11th November 2016. Mr. Oloo has had an illustrious probation career spanning more that 32 years of service. Mrs Mary Mbau has taken over the leadership of the department until the position is substantively filled by the Public Service Commission of Kenya.

During a farewell party organized in his honour, the Principal Secretary in the State Department of Correctional Service Mr. Micah Powon exalted the outgoing director as an achiever, dedicated, passionate and exemplary public servant whose contribution in the promotion of alternatives to imprisonment will remain unmatched for a long time to come. He attributed some of the successes realised in the State Department directly to effort of the Probation Service under the leadership of Mr. Oloo. In the same function, The Commissioner General of the Kenya Prisons Service  Mr. Isaya Osugo poured praise on Mr. Oloo as a colleague who was admired by many and whose contribution in offender management will be missed.

Read more: Changing the Mantle: Director Oloo Retires after 11 years of active service

The Department in partnership with the Law Society of Kenya’s project funded by the Canadian Bar Association, Strengthening Access to Justice for Children and Youth in East Africa (SAJCYEA) conducted its first training on the newly developed risk and needs assessment tool for children and juvenile. The three day Train the Trainer workshop, held from 16th to 18th May 2016, was attended by Probation Officers who had special interest in children and youth affairs. The workshop held at the ACK Guest House in Nairobi, marked yet another major step towards implementing reforms in the Kenyan probation practice. The need to use scientific based solutions in assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of young offenders was emphasized as this would reduce recidivism.

Read more: TOT Training on the Juvenile and Youth Assessment Tool for Probation Officers

The Principal Secretary, State Department of Correctional Services Mr. Micah Powon, on 31st March 2016 met with the senior management of Probation and Aftercare Service at the Nakuru Probation Girls Hostel, Nakuru. The purpose of the meeting was to review the Department’s performance in the current financial year and address some of their concerns and challenges. In his key note address to the County Probation Directors, the Principal Secretary laid emphasis on the important role the Department was playing in reducing prison population as part of addressing challenges in the justice sector. He noted that the Department’s vantage position in the criminal justice system and the community was vital in assisting courts make informed decisions in relation to bail, bond and sentencing. He pointed out that reduction of the penal

Read more: Principal Secretary Meets With County Probation Directors to Review Work Performance

The Director of Probation Service, Mr. J.W.O.Oloo,OGW on 9th May 2016 bid farewell to Mr. Yusuke Morimoto the outgoing Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) volunteer at the Probation Headquarters in Nairobi. The JICA Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOVC) programme oversees the dispatch of volunteers from Japan to over 87 countries of which Kenya is beneficiary. Probation Department has received volunteers in the various sectors who give their time to training young people in conflict with the law or at risk of engaging in crime.

Read more: Director of Probation Service bids farewell to outgoing JICA volunteer

The Hon. Chief Justice Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga on 10th March 2016 gazetted the Taskforce on Informal Justice Systems mandated to develop a policy to mainstream into the formal justice system traditional, informal justice systems and other informal mechanisms used to access to justice in Kenya. The nineteen member taskforce whose secretariat will be based at the Judiciary Training Institute (JTI) is Chaired by Justice Prof Joel Ngugi. The taskforce draws members from Government and non-governmental organisations and is tasked to formulate an appropriate judicial policy on Alternative Justice Systems (AJS) and is to consider the methodology and viability of mainstreaming the same.

Read more: Chief Justice Appoints Taskforce on Informal Justice Systems

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