The trainings sought to empower the prisoners to enable them access justice with emphasis on fundamental human rights, legal representation and the judicial procedures. The two facilities house Kituo supported Prison Justice Centres managed and run by trained paralegals to assist other inmates self-represent themselves in court, offer legal advice to the other inmates, educate them on criminal law, give guidance on how to confidently represent themselves in court and empower the entire prison community.
Kituo has played a big role in supervising the centres and provides technical assistance on legal matters that need the attention of an advocate. The prison justice centre have recorded major milestones since their launch with many petitions of appeal lodged to various High Courts within the Western Kenya region pending hearing and determination. Kituo trained both inmates and prison officers. The refresher trainings were an activity in support of promoting access to justice for the poor and marginalized in detention centres through establishment of prison justice centers and was supported by the Royal Dutch Embassy.
The prison paralegals that undertook the week-long legal training included 20 inmates and 10 prison officers in both prison centres. The main activity taking place during the graduation day was a moot court skit meant to aid the prisoners in learning about bail and bond, community service order, legal representation and other judicial procedures. In attendance at the celebrations were Kituo Cha Sheria’s board of directors’ representatives, the Officers-in-Charge (OIC) among others. Volunteer Advocates from Kisumu and Kakamega, Judiciary officers and regional probation officers were also in attendance. Kituo also donated law materials and equipment including a computer, printer and stationeries to support the prison justice centre.
The two training activities were spearheaded by Kituo advocates led by Mr. John Mwariri and officers Jacquelyn Jepchirchir, Janet Kosgei and Ojunni Ojullu.