What happens after a Prisoner is Released?
John Muthuri is an APP legal aid manager in Kenya and writes regularly for the Daily Nation. Recently he wrote about Morris Kaberia who was released after 13 years from Kamiti Maximum Security Prison, Nairobi, and the need for re-integration and aftercare for former inmates.
"A few weeks ago, I went to receive Morris Kaberia, who was being released from Kamiti Maximum Security Prison, Nairobi. Mr Kaberia’s conviction and sentence was overturned on appeal, meaning that he was wrongfully imprisoned.
The last time he enjoyed his freedom was 13 years ago and everything outside prison seemed to confuse him. Against the odds, he is a trained paralegal and a fourth year law student with the University of London through correspondence... " Read more
This article originally appeared in the Daily Nation on 30th October.
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