The National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ) has resolved to release 4800 prisoners who are serving time for petty offenses.
The decision was informed by the need to decongest Kenyan prisons in light of the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Through a statement sent to media houses, NCAJ, however, noted that new prisoners are being isolated for the requisite 14 days.
Movement of prisoners has also been strictly restricted with NCAJ adding that all prison visits have been suspended.
The prison workforce has also been reduced to a bare minimum and visits to staff quarters also suspended to avert the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
This comes at a time when the country is implementing every measure possible to avert the spread of the coronavirus pandemic which has so far infected 81 people and claimed one life in Kenya