By Bernard Ramoka
The Office of Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP) on January 22, 2018 launched a national review of all pending cases in prisons, in efforts to address backlog.
Speaking during the official launch of a pilot held at the Nairobi Remands Prison in Nairobi, Secretary Public Prosecutions (SPP) Mrs Dorcas Oduor said the ODPP will review all pending files within 100 days.
Oduor said the main aim of the review is to ascertain the main cause of case delays, identify cases that can be expedited, and propose feasible and practical strategies for prisons decongestion.
In reviewing the files, the SPP said the office will want to know the ages and station of the remandees, how long they may have been there and the offences for which they are held.
“Where bail or bond was ordered by the court, we would want to know why the remanded has not taken that course. In short, we will seek to explore the reasons why the population of remanded could not be scaled down.” The Secretary Public Prosecutions said.
She said the office also aims to influence policy and legal reforms in the criminal justice sector and identify possible areas of intervention by stakeholders.
In her speech, the Chief Guest Justice Jessie Lessit, who graced the launch said that Judiciary will work closely with ODPP in the review exercise.
Lessit said that the exercise was timely and will help decongest the prisons.
Over 2000 cases were reviewed at the Nairobi Remands Prison by the end of the exercise at the facility.