About Lang'ata Prison Justice Centre
Lang’ata Women Prison Justice Centre was launched on 22nd of March, 2016 after a one-week training at Lang’ata from the 14th to 22nd March 2016. 35 inmates comprising of those on long sentences, pre-trial detainees charged with capital offences as well as the condemned and 5 prison constables were effectively trained. The topics covered included Paralegalism; Introduction to Human Rights; Bill of Rights (Chapter 4 of Constitution); Criminal Procedure Code Chapter 75 Laws of Kenya (Powers of Court, Provisions relating to all Criminal investigations, Mode of taking and recording Evidence in Trials, Procedures in Trials before a Subordinate Court and High Court, Sentences and Executions and Appeals); Self representation (Criminal Approach); Power of Mercy Act; The Prisons Act and Community Service Order.
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.