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Do not stigmatize inmates society urged

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She noted that that most of the inmates have been imprisoned for a long time but doesn’t mean they are criminals and majority come from vulnerable families.

Kisii Women Prison Deputy in charge Stella Kemunto celebrates international women's day PHOTO EANGIRA

Kisii Women Prison Deputy Ms Stella  Kemunto has urged the  society  not to stigmatize inmates once they are integrated back to the community.  

Speaking at the Kisii prisons ground, during the marking of the world international women’s day, MS Kemunto urged members of the public to welcome the prisoners back to the society after completion of their imprisonment.

Kemunto said that most of the inmates fear going back to the society since they see themselves as an outcast. 

She said that challenges are normal because prisoners have a mentality that they are not wanted in the society but should be role models.

“We correct and train them in various courses, once they come out there, they will change the  community, “she said. 

She further said that being imprisoned is not the end of life, “prison is not a place to punish but of giving one a second chance to improve where they have gone astray.

The officer said that they have prison schools where inmates are being trained to acquire technical skills which will help them make a difference in the society.

  She noted that that most of the inmates have been imprisoned for a long time but doesn’t mean they are criminals and majority come from vulnerable families.

He urged the organization and agencies to educate the common Mwananchi not to stigmatize the prisoners.

She urged the community to welcome and treat the prisoners as their own because most of them change for the better.

She said that like any other  women  , women inmates  face challenges  like  sanitary towels   shortage  of machines and  trauma  stress  of leaving  behind  children  without  anybody to take care of them 

Kisii   prisons women   has a total  of 160  inmates. Most of the charges they face are  murder of relatives,  brewing  illicit  brew and  assault .

Long  term  charges  are   between 20 -30 years  and life   imprisonment while  short term  are between  one month  to  1 year

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