Most people have a vague Understanding of how prison works because they have not interacted with the system, in some sense, the justice system seems straightforward, and these individuals broke the law and must be punished for them. They forfeit certain rights because of their infraction and then are released when they’ve been properly punished. 

But for those who actually experience the prison system and their families and loved ones, the reality is slightly different. Often, former inmates find themselves in a world very different from the one they left years before. Without a job, money, or connections, it’s hard to imagine anyone truly succeeding in rebuilding their life. This is why rehabilitation programs before and after release are so important. 

Bungoma women Prison had a jovial mood as two special ladies were celebrated in a rare treat. The prison management organized a baby shower party, the first of its kind for two expectant mothers.

Nancy Adhiambo, deputy Officer, Bungoma women prison said that the prison is not a center of torture but a correctional facility that shapes people’s character.

“Prison is not a center of punishment, life in prison should be similar to life outside, this is one of our principles in protecting Human rights, the aim is to make them feel loved and cared for,” Nancy said.

Nancy Adhiambo Inspector of Police Women Department (left,in green Uniform) with Expectant prisoners Photo by Dishon Amanya

Nancy who came up with the idea added that the government has facilitated expectant mothers and they have been separated from others for proper care.

However, she could not fail to thank the management for supporting the idea that came two weeks earlier hoping to do more of the long lasting events in prison.

Jane Oranga, Welfare Officer Bungoma Women Prison echoed Madam Nancy’s sentiment stating that the move will help prisoners have that good interaction with the officers and make them change their behavior.

“Instead of just locking people away for years, prisons need to provide extensive rehabilitation programs in order to prepare the prisoners to be productive members of society. Unfortunately, these prison rehabilitation programs are often reduced or simply shut down due to inadequate funding,” Oranga explained.

The two expectant women could not hide their joy stating that they are so much thankful for the big treat the management has done to them.

By Treeza Auma

Treeza Auma is a Digital Content Producer and founder of KTMN She is also Television journalist at Kenya News Agency and Leadership Accelerator at Women in News.

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