(+) 300 CON­VICTS WANTED TO BE EXECTUTED

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Presidency -

Early this month, some 300 Death Row in­mates begged for ex­e­cu­tion or com­muted sen­tences, say­ing they live in agony and limbo. It’s bet­ter to be dead, they said, than to live in soli­tary con­fine­ment for years, de­nied read­ing or gain­ful em­ploy­ment. As­sis­tant com­mis­sioner David Macharia said the prisons should be cleared to do “what the law says” or the death sen­tence be abol­ished. He said some con­victs have been wal­low­ing in in­car­cer­a­tion for decades, caus­ing un­due con­ges­tion in cor­rec­tional fa­cil­i­ties. Macharia said life im­pris­on­ment should be de­fined to state how long a pris­oner handed the sen­tence should stay be­hind bars.

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