Details have emerged of a high profile meeting between the Cabinet Secretary in charge of the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government programs and High Court judge Lady Justice Cecilia Githua.
According to the details disclosed by the Cabinet Secretary through his social media accounts, the meeting was aimed at discussing structural programs aimed at decongesting the Kenyan prisons.
The High Court judge met the Cabinet Secretary in her capacity as the incoming Chairperson of the Community Service Orders in the Country where they were concerned with the prevalence of the Covid-19 in the Kenyan prisons.
"I had the pleasure of meeting Lady Justice Cecilia Githua, the new Chairperson of the Community Service Orders. We discussed the need for a structured program to decongest our prisons, including the option of non custodial sentencing in light of challenges posed by COVID-19 pandemic in prisons. "CS Fred Matiang'i. https://t.co/uZ3RFCwYK2
The Ministry of Interior has promised to hold s virtual meeting with a majority of the magistrates as a form of a workshop to sensitise them on custodial sentencing.
"We have also agreed to hold a virtual magistrates sensitization workshop on non custodial sentencing."Cabinet Secretary CS Fred Matiang'i.
According to the Kenyan law, Community Service Order refers to an order made by the court requiring a person found guilty of a criminal offence to perform unpaid public work within the community for the benefit of that community.
In Kenya, the duration of community service ranges from a minimum of one (1) day to a maximum of three (3) years.
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