Langata Women’s Prison has become the first penal institution in Kenya to host a separate holding block for female terror convicts.The holding block is meant to separate criminals convicted of extremism-related charges, who are considered high risk, from the rest of the general population in efforts aimed at curbing radicalisation at the facility.
The new facility was built after a manual from Kenya's strategy on countering violent extremism, first launched in 2016 by President Uhuru Kenyatta, recommended separating terror suspects at correctional facilities across the country.The block will be surrounded by a perimeter wall backed up by two watch towers to ensure maximum security.
It also comes with two guardrooms, and will accommodate the convicts as well as their children.The manual recommends their separation be done in a manner that does not dehumanise the convicts' rights as human beings.The manual recommends their separation be done in a manner that does not dehumanise the convicts' rights as human beings.
As a strategy, this requires careful handling to ensure that violent extremist prisoners do not get to form exclusive groups behind bars, while also ensuring there is no discrimination.Speaking during the handing over ceremony on Wednesday, Deputy British High Commissioner to Kenya Josephine Gauld said the facility was built by the British Council through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime at a cost of Sh10.7 million.
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