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Article 3 2018The Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya, Hon. Justice David K. Maraga, EGH, on 13th February 2018, after attending the Siaya Court Users Committee, paid a courtesy call to the Siaya Female Probation Hostel which houses special needs female probationers. The Chief Justice, together with members of the Siaya Court Users, comprising of stakeholders in Kenya’s criminal justice system, toured the institution and interacted with probationers. During the visit, which was guided by the Institution’s Manager Ms Ojung’a, the Chief Justice appreciated the uniqueness of the institution in terms of the programmes and facilities provided to offenders serving non-custodial sentences. In his remarks after the exposure to the institution, the Chief Justice emphasised need of creating awareness among judges and magistrates on the programmes and facilities offered by the institution.

Article 1 2018The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Eastern Africa together with the department of Probation and Aftercare Service launched a one year project whose aim is to help the government improve its capacity in addressing incidences of serious and violent crimes. The project activities will help boost the department’s capacity of handling such cases by way of developing resource documents and trainings.

The project has since enlisted the services of two consultants, Dr. Scholastica Omondi and Dr. Beneah Mutsotso to help develop two key service instruments. Dr. Omondi will spearhead the development of a policy framework and operational guidelines for supervision of accused persons released on bail. While Dr. Mutsotso will design and develop intensive supervision programme that includes an electronic monitoring component.

Read more: UNODC and Probation and Aftercare Service in Joint Project Partnership

Article 42017Probation and Aftercare Service held a week long induction workshop for the newly appointed Regional Coordinators of Probation from 3rd to 6th April 2017 at the Nakuru Girls’ Probation Hostel. The induction workshop aimed to orient the Regional Coordinators of their roles and responsibilities as they took on their new portfolio in coordinating services in the regions.

During the opening ceremony, the outgoing Principal Secretary State Department of Correctional Services, Mr. Micah Powon expressed his optimism in the Regional Coordinators’ ability to steer probation work in the regions and increase the uptake and application of the departmental functions to boost performance. The Coordinators were encouraged to take vantage of their position in the criminal justice chain in providing solutions to challenges in the sector. In her remarks, the Director of Probation Service pointed out the important role the Regional Coordinators had in the regions.

Read more: Regional Coordinators Induction Workshop

Article 62017Probation and Aftercare Service from 23rd to 30th April 2017 held the induction course for the newly recruited 305 Probation Officers at the Prison Staff Training College, Ruiru. The new officers drawn from diverse backgrounds will complement the government’s efforts in community corrections and ease the shortage of Probation Officers in the country.

In the key note address by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government delivered by Principal Secretary, State Department for Correctional Services, Amb. (Dr.) Richard Ekai CBS welcomed the new officers were welcomed to the Ministry and informed them of their important role in administration of justice. He also urged the new officers to be mindful of the rights of victims and the community while ensuring public safety and crime reduction.

Read more: Induction of Newly Appointed Probation Officers

Article 32017His Excellency the President on Jamuhuri Day, 12th December 2015 awarded the Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (EBS) to Prof. Jennifer Wanjiku Kaniaru Khamasi and, Head of State Commendation (HSC-C) to Janet Mbithe Munywoki. These awards were presented by Mr. Micah Powon, Principal Secretary, State Department of Correctional Services to the laureates in community corrections.

During the presentation of the award, Prof. Khamasi indicated that her motivation to work with juvenile offenders was as a result of the need to reach out to vulnerable and unwanted children in the community. Prof. Khamasi has been supporting the Kimumu Probation Hostel, Eldoret where she is a member of the management committee. Through her efforts, the Institution now has an equipped library and scheduled learning programmes for the youthful offenders.

Mrs. Munywoki, the Executive Director of Legal Resources Foundation put forward that through her partnership with Probation and Aftercare Service, she has been able to bring change in communities in reintegration of offenders. Ms. Munywoki has been supporting with the Department for over 14 years where her passion to reach out to vulnerable offenders has seen been a consistent pursuit to make society a better place for all.

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