COVID-19: Over 100 inmates released in prison decongestion exercise

Female inmates in prison. PHOTO: courtesy

At least one hundred inmates were set free in prisons across the Coast region, in ongoing efforts to decongest the correctional facilities, following the deadly Coronavirus outbreak.

A statement from the registrar of the Mombasa law courts bearing a list of all the affected inmates, indicated that 110 had been set free, while 19 others had their jail terms reduced.

The prisons affected included Shimo la Tewa maximum, medium and women’s prisons, Mombasa remand home and Kwale GK prisons.

Inmates who benefited from this included those jailed for petty offenses and those who were nearing completion of their jail terms.

“The list will be continuously updated as and when the revisions are determined by the respective judges,” the statement, read.

On Monday the number of coronavirus infections countrywide increased by 9 to 59, with continuing efforts and calls for social distancing as a measure to curb its spread.