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Eldoret Prison Justice Centre

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Eldoret Prison Justice Centre was launched on Friday 16th July 2021 after a one-week training for 35 paralegals from 12th to 16th of June 2021 at the Eldoret Main prison premises. The training that targeted 30 mid and long serving inmates and 5 prison wardens majorly focused on Criminal Law. Among the topics that the paralegals were capacity built on included: Paralegalism, Introduction to Law, Introduction to Criminal Procedure, the Trial Process, Rules of Evidence Pre & Post Sentencing Proceedings, Drafting and the Appellate Jurisdiction.

The training culminated to a graduation ceremony for the 35 paralegals and during which they were issued certificates and identification badges. The ceremony also doubled as the official launch of the Eldoret Prison Justice Centre and which was built and furnished by KITUO through the support of the Netherlands Embassy in Kenya.

The trained inmates and warders have been able to offer free legal aid services to other inmates and more than 5,000 inmates have since been released. The benefits accruing from the establishment and training of prison justice centres extend beyond individual cases to include general communal and societal benefits such asspeedy processing of cases; fair and impartial trials; and the reduction of prison populations while ensuring that justice is fair and accessible.

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