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Manyani Prison Justice Centre

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Prison paralegals and prison officers in Manyani prinson undergoing refresher training facilitated by Kituo Cha Sheria officer in Mombasa.

Prison paralegals and prison officers in Manyani prinson undergoing refresher training facilitated by Kituo Cha
Sheria officer in Mombasa.

Manyani Prison Justice Centre was launched on Friday 2nd July 2021 after a one-week training for 35 paralegals from 27th  to 2nd  of July 2021 at the Manyani 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 Manyani 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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