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Our Prisons Are Full Of Petty Offenders And Big Fish Are Free – CJ Maraga


Chief Justice David Maraga has stated the need for Kenya to move towards non-custodial sentences in order to decongest the Kenyan prisons.

He expressed concern as to how the Justice system treats the elite and the rich in a special way while the poor are sent to custody sometimes without thorough investigations.

Justice Maraga also sounded a warning to law enforcement officers who harass suspected Kenyans and present them to court without charge sheets.

Meanwhile International Commission of Jurists is calling on the Government to review the terms in which petty offenders are being held in custody.

ICJ chairperson Njonjo Mue says that the cost of holding petty offenders in prisons is congesting the place and consuming much of Kenya’s tax payer money.