Sunday, March 24, 2019

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PACS is held a two-day professional meeting to discuss pertinent issues on the implementation of the Power of Mercy Programme in Mombasa from 24th to 25th January 2019. The meeting attended by the Director of Probation Service, Mrs. Mary Mbau, HSC and the Power of Mercy Advisory Committee CEO/ Secretary, Mr. Michael Kagika, EBS drawn from probation practioners from all regions in the country. The purpose of the meeting was to share experiences and challenges, and to set standards.

Read more: PROFESSIONAL MEETING TO STRENGTHEN IMPLEMENTATION OF THE POWER OF MERCY PROGRAMME

On the 31st December 2018, H.E the President Uhuru Kenya, assented to the Statute Law Miscellaneous Amendment Act No. 18 of 2018 which has given effect to many statutes including the Probation of Offenders Act Cap 64 and the Community Service Orders Act Cap 93. The said amendments took effect from the 18th January 2019.

The specific amendments to the Probation of Offenders Act relate to the definition of the Director of Probation Service as head of Probation and Aftercare Service and situates the office in the Public Service. It also defines Pre-sentence Reports as ‘reports on accused persons or offenders prepared by Probation Officers under the Act or any other law in force for purposes of criminal justice administration’. Most importantly, it makes it mandatory for the

Read more: PROBATION OF OFFENDERS ACT AND COMMUNITY SERVICE ORDERS ACT AMENDED

Article 3 2018The Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya, Hon. Justice David K. Maraga, EGH, on 13th February 2018, after attending the Siaya Court Users Committee, paid a courtesy call to the Siaya Female Probation Hostel which houses special needs female probationers. The Chief Justice, together with members of the Siaya Court Users, comprising of stakeholders in Kenya’s criminal justice system, toured the institution and interacted with probationers. During the visit, which was guided by the Institution’s Manager Ms Ojung’a, the Chief Justice appreciated the uniqueness of the institution in terms of the programmes and facilities provided to offenders serving non-custodial sentences. In his remarks after the exposure to the institution, the Chief Justice emphasised need of creating awareness among judges and magistrates on the programmes and facilities offered by the institution.

The Siaya Probation Female Hostel had the chance to host the Hon. Lady Justice Jessie Lesiit, Judge of the High Court of Kenya and Head of Criminal Division, Nairobi and Chair of the Bail and Bond Policy Guidelines Implementation Committee. The purpose of the visit was for the Committee to familiarise itself with the probation facility and monitor the progress of the probationers housed in the facility.

Siaya Probation Female Hostel in a new facility that houses offenders placed on probation orders but who cannot return to the community immediately owing to many reasons. The tactility houses special needs offenders some of whom have committed very serious offences for which ordinarily they would service stiff imprisonment terms. 

Read more: JUDGE VISITS SIAYA PROBATION HOSTEL

Article 1 2018The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Eastern Africa together with the department of Probation and Aftercare Service launched a one year project whose aim is to help the government improve its capacity in addressing incidences of serious and violent crimes. The project activities will help boost the department’s capacity of handling such cases by way of developing resource documents and trainings.

The project has since enlisted the services of two consultants, Dr. Scholastica Omondi and Dr. Beneah Mutsotso to help develop two key service instruments. Dr. Omondi will spearhead the development of a policy framework and operational guidelines for supervision of accused persons released on bail. While Dr. Mutsotso will design and develop intensive supervision programme that includes an electronic monitoring component.

Read more: UNODC and Probation and Aftercare Service in Joint Project Partnership

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