Credits: © Boniface Mwangi/OSF
Country: Kenya

Mombasa Detention Centre, Mombasa, Kenya

Prisoners at Mombasa Detention Centre built in 1924 by the Colonial Government. Nine in 10 suspects in pretrial custody have been granted bail or bond but cannot afford the terms, according to an audit by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) of Kenya. About the same proportion have no legal representation. In Kenya, the majority of remandees are wasting away in custody even though they had been granted bail, some for longer than they would spend in prison were they to be found guilty. A high number of these people are charged with petty offences that should not attract a custodial sanction.

Petty Offences
Human Rights
Pre-trial Detention
People Groups:
People in Detention
People with Disabilities
People who use Drugs
Elderly People
People experiencing Homelessness or live in informal settlements
Informal Workers
LGBTQIA+ persons
People affected by Displacement (including migrants and refugees)
People experiencing Poverty
Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)