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pix8The United National Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) paid a courtesy call to the Probation Department in September 2013to discuss the implementation of the Report on Alternatives to Imprisonment and the Social Reintegration of Offenders in Kenya.

The report based on a research conducted over a period of 1½ years, was prepared under the auspice of the Criminal Justice Programme (CJP) of the UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa (ROEA). It is aimed at assisting the Government of Kenya in preventing criminal recidivism and reducing prison overcrowding by the use of social reintegration programmes and alternatives to imprisonment.

It identifies elements of a realistic strategy to develop and strengthen community-based alternatives to imprisonment based on best practices and in line with international standards and national legislation. It also gives recommendations in the areas of access to legal assistances, pre-trial detention, pre-sentence reports, sentencing policies, the use of community service and probation orders, prison programmes, pre-release programmes, and aftercare and post-release assistance.

The National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ) was found to be well placed in guiding the process of implementing recommendations made in the report since much ground work had been done in the governance, justice, and law and order sectors for the reforms envisioned by the new Constitution and the Vision 2030.

Further the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, under which the Probation Service lies is considering the best modalities of ensuring that the report is fully implemented by relevant agencies falling its docket.
Visit the UNODC website for full report.

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