Introducing a gender-sensitive approach to pre-trial assessment and probation: Evaluation of an innovation in Kenya

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Abstract

This paper evaluates a pioneering project to introduce a gender-sensitive approach to working with women completing probation and community service orders in Kenya. The intervention consisted of context-specific research with women throughout Kenya, leading to adaptations to existing probation tools, followed by pilot implementation of a gender-sensitive approach. The evaluation explores the relevance, effectiveness and sustainability of the intervention and presents opinions of implementing probation officers and sector experts. Findings suggest that the project genuinely broke new ground in terms of research on gender-sensitivity and quality of pre-trial reporting for women. Close adherence to the UN Bangkok Rules means the model and lessons are applicable both domestically and globally.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-200
JournalProbation Journal
Volume65
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • gender responsive
  • gender sensitive
  • women in prison
  • women in probation
  • Kenya
  • Community Service
  • Pre-trial detention
  • pretrial detention
  • remand
  • Bangkok Rules

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