NAIROBI, KENYA – After languishing in prison for 18 months for a crime he hadn't committed, and enduring another 18 months of uncertainty after he was released on bail pending an appeal of the wrongful conviction, Michael's name was finally cleared today in Kenya.
NAIROBI, KENYA – This week, Kenya's Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) made history, releasing its first and a first-of-its kind study that exposes a stunning reality: In nearly two-thirds of felony cases reviewed, men and women had been tried for crimes even though law enforcement had not gathered enough evidence to even charge them.
Jane, a grandmother who lives in a small corrugated metal home in a massive Kenyan slum, knows the truth the study has revealed.
NAIROBI, KENYA – There is no public defender in Kenya. This means that in nearly all cases, if you cannot afford a lawyer, you will not get one.
For the many impoverished men and women who have been accused of crimes they never committed, the absence of a defender can be devastating.
Last month, IJM Kenya and the Nairobi County Prisons Service signed a historic agreement to help address the legal gaps that have kept too many innocent people trapped in prison.
A Broken and Confusing System
NAIROBI, KENYA – Four Kenyan boys are now free after spending the last three months behind bars – accused of a crime they did not commit. They were among 30 random people, including a grandmother and several young parents, who were rounded up by police just before the new year.