CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS (CDPs)
The target project areas (institutions) experience harsh conditions that hinder successful rehabilitation which includes congestion, poor documentation of offenders, and lack of proper rehabilitation programmes coordination as well as poor infrastructure among many other conditions.
Capacity Development Projects (CDP) is a response to support the successful rehabilitation of women, men, youth, and children in conflict with the law; serving custodial or non-custodial sentences. The projects will be implemented over a five-year period in 23 women prisons, 10 male prisons, 4 youth correctional and training centers as well as 6 probation hostels and 7 children
In the current strategic plan period, the Foundation intends to focus more on remandees and offenders who are serving sentences in medium prisons, as well as youth offenders in juvenile institutions and probation hostels. The Foundation will journey with them throughout their sentence to ensure they
complete their rehabilitation process. This will also include short-term offenders who are mostly affected by recidivism. Nevertheless, counseling will also be conducted in maximum security prisons.
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The main focus of KPS is to keep offenders in safe custody and rehabilitate them for eventual reintegration into the community. The Foundation, in partnership with KPS, will keep active contact with select offenders through their prison journey to enhance behavior change and skills development
as a means to rehabilitation.
Objective: To build the capacity of offenders and influence their behavior in 70% women prisons, 70% in Youth Institutions and 40% in target Men Prisons in 5 years.
- Psychosocial support for offenders in prison
- Carry out annual needs assessment exercises
- Networking to enhance rehabilitation interventions in Kenyan prisons
- Creative, life and reproductive health skills training.
- Provide counseling to the youth offenders
- Extra curriculum activities’ support e.g. Sports, theatre etc.
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Functional reception boards
- Market-oriented skills transfer initiatives Linkages with partners
- Improved self-awareness among the youth
- Reduced risk of re-offending and recidivism
- Behaviour change
The baseline study (Faraja 2017) on reception of offenders in prisons showed that there is a serious lack of proper documentation and this affects case management. The offenders thus are never properly oriented and guided into support groups and appropriate skills development from the entry point. The Foundation intends to run a pilot documentation support project which will digitize the documentation department and develop staff capacity to capture viable details of each offender on entry.
Objective 1: To computerize documentation system in three (3) prisons in 5 years
Objective 2: To enhance digital documentation capacity of 50% of the staff in the three (3) pilot prisons 13
- Systems requirements specification and design
- Procure ICT Systems
- Training of staff on ICT
- Computerization of systems
- Streamline M & E structures
- Improved documentation through digitization
- Easy access to information
The status of correctional facilities in Kenya is deplorable due to congestion and inadequate budgetary allocations by the government. There is also an insufficient supply of clean water and the buildings lack repairs to make them habitable in all weather. In addition to this sanitation is not emphasized and this may lead to disease outbreaks. Due to congestion, the communicable diseases may lead to untimely deaths. The counseling facilities used in most institutions are neither adequate nor fit for the purpose. The Foundation shall carry out the following interventions in five (5) years:
Objective: To provide a conducive, safe, and humane environment in 25 correctional institutions by 2022
- Renovate and equip counseling rooms, recreational and resource centers
- Improve the sanatoriums (clinics)
- Improve access to clean water by the provision of water tanks
- Provide shaving machines and vocational training tools
- Improve toilet facilities
- Conducive environment for offenders and staff in support of rehabilitation
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