Revolutionising Access to Justice in East Africa

Believing that the power of the law should side with the poor, African Prisons Project empowers prisoners and prison staff in Kenya and Uganda with legal skills and expertise, so they can defend their and other people’s right to a fair trial and catalyse reforms to advance criminal justice.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 27 November 2018 to 12:00 PM, 4 December 2018

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In Kenya and Uganda, over 50% of the prison population is awaiting trial, with many people spending years on remand. As prison facilities operate at almost 300% of their capacity, an influx of inmates exacerbates the already unsafe and unsanitary conditions in prison. The root of the problem is that many detainees should not be in prison and have never met a lawyer. They simply lack the means to defend themselves in court, resulting in unjust outcomes that can be challenged and overturned.


We provide a pathway for inmates and prison staff to become lawyers and paralegals. Together, they understand how justice should be delivered and how different kinds of cases should be handled. They learn to advocate and develop a clear course of action for each hearing. Equipped with sufficient information from defendants themselves, judges can properly discern all the facts in a case and are able to deliver fair rulings. We put the power of the law into the hands of the poor.