500 petty offenders released from Eldoret prisons


500 petty offenders released from Eldoret prisons

In Summary

  • Over 500 petty offenders were released in Eldoret as a move of decongesting prison facilities.
  • High Court judge Hillary Chemitei said the move is meant to decongest the prisons and to cut down costs of feeding the prisoners
  • The judge added that the move will save the government a total of Ksh.30 Million that would have been used to feed the inmates.

Over 500 petty offenders were on Wednesday released from four prisons in Eldoret.

High Court Judge Hillary Chemitei said the move is meant to decongest the prisons and cut down costs of feeding them.

According to the judge, the government would have spent Ksh.30 million on food for the inmates.

The four prisons are Eldoret GK Prison, Ngeria, Tambach and Kapsabet.

He said the process has been going on and will continue across the country.

Justice Chemitei urged those released to abide by the law and become productive citizens.

He also called on Kenyans to support those who have been released and find other ways of resolving disputes other than the courts.

Justice Chemitei however warned that they would be arrested again if found committing an offence.

The probation department is expected to continue monitoring them.

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