Ex-in­mates may get cer­tifi­cates to help in job hunt

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Ex-pris­on­ers could be­gin get­ting clear­ance doc­u­ments af­ter com­plet­ing their jail terms to show they have re­formed. This will help them seek em­ploy­ment.

The Power of Mercy Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee is propos­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion let­ter for re­ha­bil­i­tated in­mates or those par­doned by the Pres­i­dent.

Po­mac CEO Michael Kagika said, how­ever, the state will not ac­quit the con­victs or clear them of past of­fences in the rec­om­men­da­tions.

“This will be a let­ter to tell the prospec­tive em­ployer that al­though the per­son has been con­victed and jailed, they pe­ti­tioned the Pres­i­dent and were par­doned, af­ter they were vet­ted and found to have fully re­formed,” he said.

“It will tell the po­ten­tial em­ployer that this is a per­son we would vouch for to be hired af­ter a suc­cess­ful pe­ti­tion and as­sess­ment to help them has­ten in­te­gra­tion back into the so­ci­ety.”

As­sis­tant com­mis­sioner gen­eral of Pris­ons David Macharia sup­ported the pro­posal, say­ing most pris­on­ers ac­quire skills they can use to earn a liv­ing.

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