Report on the Regional Meeting Poverty is Not a Crime Consultation on Draft Principles to End the Criminalisation of Petty Offences in Africa - report-on-the-regional-meeting-poverty-is-not-a-crime-consultation-on-draft-principles-to-end-the-criminalisation-of-petty-offences-in-africa-5-6-december-2016.docx
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Draft Principles on the Declassification and Decriminalisation of Petty Offences in Africa - zero_draft_principles_on_the_declassification_and_decriminalization_of_petty_offences.pdf
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REMARKS BY THE HON. JUSTICE DAVID K. MARAGA, EGH CHIEF JUSTICE AND PRESIDENT OF THE SUPREME COURT OF KENYA DURING THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON DECRIMINALIZATION AND RE-CLASSIFICATION OF PETTY OFFENCES IN KENYA HELD AT THE HILTON HOTEL – NAIROBI, KENYA ON 30TH MARCH 2017 - ICJ Speech of 30.04.17 - ICJ HILTON HOTEL.pdf
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We are a group of CSOs fighting for the decriminalization and de-classification of Laws that target the Poor.
Rogues and Vagabonds
Failure to pay debts
Some may argue that arresting people for these offences make society safer and reduce crime. There
is, however, no evidence from research that this is the case. Moreover the research rather indicate
the contrary by exposing people to further risk and marginalisation
Detention not only adds to prison overcrowding, but also has a range of negative consequences for the
detainees and their families:
Loss of employment for those employed in the formal sector.
Families lose their contribution (monetary and non-monetary) to the household, even if it was small.
Children can suffer in terms of their general care, as well as access to education.
Children often drop out of school because the family cannot afford costs associated with schooling.
Lengthy pre-trial detention brings new costs to families:
Travel costs to visit family members in prison; and
Taking food and other necessities to detainees which the state is supposed to provide – ultimately resulting in the poor subsidising imprisonment.
Severe health consequences, especially in overcrowded prisons with poor health care services.
Join this campaign!
Share this information with your members of parliament, the judiciary and civil society organisations.
Urge AU institutions to promote decriminalisation of petty offences.
Engage with the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Pan African Parliament, the AU Summit and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.