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COMMUNITY ADAPTATION PROJECTS (CAP)

According to a research on ‘understanding offender rehabilitation’ by Arden Thurber, Director General, Offender Reintegration, Correctional Service of Canada, “Offender reintegration” is all activity and programming conducted to prepare an offender to return safely to the community and live as a law-abiding citizen (Arden Thurber, 2013).

However long a sentence may be, a prisoner is given a stipend of Ksh. 80 for transport on release if one comes from outside the prison district. This is regardless of the distance to be covered on the way home. The matter is worsened by lack of family support and poor acceptability in the community as one is referred to as a criminal even after rehabilitation.

The focus of community adaptation projects is the effective reintegration of offenders back into the society. These interventions are intended to address the incompatibility between the released offenders and the host community, leading to unwarranted loss of life and recidivism. There is lack of multi-agency coordination in Kenya as far as the reintegration of offenders is concerned. Faraja’s CAP design is as follows:

Goal:

Facilitate successful family and community re-entry for the ex-offenders and children in conflict with the law

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Objective: To adequately prepare prisoners, youth and children in conflict with the law in the target institutions for community re-entry per year.

Core Activities

  • Develop criteria for client selection and mobilization
  • Provide Counselling to the pre-release offender
  • Life skills training for community re-entry and resettlement
  • Mediate for offender-victim reconciliation
  • Establish family and community linkages
  • Support and participate in discharge board meetings
  • Sensitize 1000 community gatekeepers on protection and care of ex-offenders and children
  • Strengthen discharge boards

 

Expected Outcomes

  • Improved self-esteem
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Developed skills for community re-entry
  • Social acceptance by the community
  • Provision of social economic support
  • Reduced risk of re-offending and recidivism
  • Efficient discharge boards

Objective: To facilitate successful community re-entry of ex-offenders, youth, and children per year

Core Activities

  • Provide transport to the released offender from jail to home on a case by case basis.
  • Support the ex-offender with temporary accommodation
  • Equip the released offender with business start-up support
  • Linkage with potential employers
  • Referrals or linking ex-offenders to support groups and other service providers
  • Provide scholarship to deserving ex-offenders and youth to pursue vocational training or secondary education
  • Follow up for sustained reintegration

Expected Outcomes

  • Improved self-esteem
  • Financial independence
  • Reduced risk of re-offending and recidivism
  • Improved social networks

Cushioning the families of offenders against adverse effects of criminal justice process has been and will remain a key support project by Faraja Foundation. Besides offender support the Foundation extends its compassion to the less fortunate in the society as well.

Objective: Reduce human suffering among deserving offenders’ families and the less fortunate in the society

  • Activities
  • Case Assessment
  • Counseling
  • Conflict resolution
  • Provide material support
  • Provision of psychosocial support including education scholarship to children of inmates
  • Follow up

Expected Outcomes

  • Enhanced coping mechanisms.
  • Beneficiaries engaged in gainful activities
  • Temporally relieve from physical and psychological trauma, stress, and pain

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