Conflict & Justice

Kenyan Prisoners Train to Argue for Their Own Justice


Kenyan prisoners trained as paralegals have launched more than 3,000 successful appeals. ( Photo: BBC )

If you're accused of a serious crime in Kenya and you can't afford a lawyer, the outlook can be bleak.

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Most accused prisoners in Kenyan face the courts without even cursory representation by a publicly-appointed attorney.

That may now be changing.

The World's Marco Werman talks with Kenyan legal activist Aimee Akinyi Onges about a project called Kituo Cha Sheria — a legal empowerment group that trains prisoners to act as paralegals on their own behalf, and for their fellow inmates.