Since 2011, PRI has supported the Department of Probation and Aftercare Services, part of the Kenyan Government Ministry of Interior and Coordination, to increase effective Community Service Orders (CSOs) as an alternative to imprisonment.
We have worked closely with Department officials to identify the factors needed for Magistrates to issue CSOs and for ensuring that CSOs are effective both in supporting offenders’ rehabilitation and are beneficial to local communities:
- Working closely with the Department, we supported them to identify recent trends in Kenya’s CSOs and interventions needed to improve CSOs.
- We delivered joint training to Magistrates, Probation officials and CSO Supervisors from the community, and provided expertise on new policies and manuals to support this work.
- We enabled the Department to share their good practices and experience with Probation and CSO officials in Tanzania, Uganda and elsewhere in the region through visits and conferences and the Department have adopted several practical measures being used by these countries.
- We also introduced the Department to local civil society organisations, resulting in the Department forming a partnership with the local NGO Faraja to provide rehabilitation support to women offenders.
Our partnership with the Department has also enabled us to begin supporting the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Special Needs Offenders to ensure that women offenders’ needs are addressed in compliance with the UN Bangkok Rules. During 2014-16 we will be continuing our partnership work on CSOs and women offenders with the Department.