Forty one women from the Lang’ata Women Maximum Prison will be released today after their sentences were revised by the High Court.
This announcement came yesterday when the Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu (pictured) accompanied by other legal professionals visited the prison to celebrate Madaraka Day.
Speaking during the celebrations, Mwilu said the reviews which were made by the officer in charge and the High Court officials were timely and will aid in decongesting the prison.
She said the same process will be carried out in other prisons in due course. “It is only fair to pardon some of the inmates, criteria used was based on the behaviour of the inmates and the sentences they were serving.”
Mwilu said the Judiciary will review the Penalty Code, adding that it needs some “few amendments” in favour of those in conflict with the law. She said some cases take too long to be heard thus causing psychological torture to the offenders remanded in prisons.