Mother & Child Care Spaces In Women Prisons

1.1 Background

e methods of reforming o enders by the criminal justice system has evolved overtime from traditional methods of punishing o enders ( g. 1.1) to the pre colonial methods which involved discrimination of o enders and harsh detention camps and later to the post colonial methods which involved the setting up of correctional facilities ( g. 1.2) in the bid to rehabilitate and reform o enders.

Population of prisoners has also continued to increase also over the years, and with the prison facilities having been designed for only 6559 inmates in Kenya, prisons have ended up housing up to three times their original capacity. is case is clearly evident in a number of prisons in Kenya e.g. the case of Kamiti Maximum Prison, which houses 3 times more the number of inmates it was originally designed for. is has resulted to congestion in the cells, which has quite a number of consequences (Karimji 2012).

According to a study conducted in 2013 by the Nation Children Council Services( Children Accompanying Mothers in Prison), there was 100% population increase in the women prisoners compared to the 24% increase in the male prisoners. e study also showed that women prisons in Kenya were homes to children who ended up there with their imprisoned mothers. e studied prisons were not designed to house children but rather for o enders.

Children living in prison more o en than not end up there because they do not have an alternative. e Kenya Law (Prison Act 2010) clearly stipulates that special facilities should be provided for imprisoned mothers living with children having in the best interests of the child. is paper will discuss various cases within Kenya and the rest of the world that have attempted to respond to this current problem.

Mother and Child Care Spaces In Women Prisons Space Planning and Design

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