Saturday, August 17, 2019

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Probation and Aftercare Service held a two-day professional meeting to discuss pertinent issues on the implementation of the Power of Mercy Programme in Mombasa from 24th to 25th January 2019. The meeting attended by the Director of Probation Service, Mrs. Mary Mbau, HSC and the Power of Mercy Advisory Committee CEO/ Secretary, Mr. Michael Kagika, EBS drawn from probation practioners from all regions in the country. The purpose of the meeting was to share experiences and challenges, and to set standards.

The professional meeting sought to strengthen the Power of Mercy programme in the PACS through a review of the tools used and setting standards. The programme, which has been in place for six years now was introduced pursuant to Article 133 of the Constitution of Kenya. The programme has seen the supervision of 188 pardoned offenders.

Before pardon is granted, various processes are undertaken to inform the outcome. Section 22 of the Power of Mercy Act requires that a Probation Officer may prepare advisory reports on petitioners. These reports, also called pre-release reports are only prepared upon request by the Power of Mercy Advisory Committee. The Director of Probation service reported that in the last two years, 800 requests had been received from the committee. The meeting was thus steered towards improving the programme by addressing challenges experienced by practioners.

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