Kenya Prisons Service Unit and Departments

Kenya Prisons Service Unit and Departments

Kenya Prisons Service Unit. Details of Kenya Prisons Service Unit and Departments

Correctional facilities in Kenya have previously been criticized for humiliating prisoners and failing to observe

Human Rights, despite the formation of the Kenya Prisons Service Units which is in charge of such reforms.

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The Kenya Police Officers who are in charge of ensuring that all citizens are safe by keeping law offenders behind bars are recruited on an annual basis the trained at the Kenya Prisons Staff Training College in Ruiru for a period of 6 months.

According to Section 3 Cap 2 of the Prisons Act in the Constitution the Kenya Prison Officers ranking was revised as follows;

Old Ranking                                                    New Ranking

Commissioner of Prisons                             Commissioner-General of Prisons

Chief Officer 1                                                Chief Inspector of Prisons

Chief Officer 11                                               Inspector of Prisons

Warder (Known as the prison guard)        Prisons Constable

This new change in the ranking was aimed at changing reforms in the Kenyan Prisons police unit.

The Kenya Prisons Service, headed by the commissioner of prisons was established in 1991 under
the Ministry of Home Affairs, Heritage and Sports.

In Kenya, there are 92 correctional institutions. These are; 89 prisons, two borstals; and one youth training centre.
Since their formation, prisons have gone through a number of reforms that have seen inmates enjoy facilities such as television sets, computers and educational facilities. This is because Kenya’s correctional facilities intend to cultivate good morals in the inmates as compared to humiliation as often perceived by the outside public.

The Kenya Prisons Service police unit also ensures that inmates receive better standards of living making them more accommodating and developing a human attitude, save for a few correctional facilities which are currently being worked on.

These officers have undergone proper training which equips them with the ability to also counsel the inmates, guide them and take them through the correctional process in readiness for joining the community after their service.

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