In Kenya, there are no reintegration programs in the prisons and very few resources on the outside to help returning citizens avoid recidivism. Without the support of a reentry program, released citizens have a seventy-five percent chance of committing another crime and a fifty percent chance of returning to prison. "Here in Kenya, when a person is released from prison, he is left on his own," explained Gathu. "Thus it is almost impossible for that person to survive, let alone find a place to work."
In order to end the cycle of recidivism, CBI Kenya has pioneered a reentry program that sponsors twenty people each year. The program begins in prison with CBI's discipleship courses, which provide students with foundational principles for godly living. Upon release, CBI Kenya partners with the prison chaplaincy department to organize a reconciliation process between the returning citizen and the family and community. Participants then continue to follow up with the reentry program for six months. Gathu dreams of someday expanding the program to include a counseling center, career training programs and a halfway house.
"We hope this walk will bring reentry issues to the forefront," said CBI President Dr. David Schuringa. "Reentry preparation and programs dramatically decrease people's chances of committing another crime, regardless of what country they live in."
CBI is a nonprofit prison ministry with over 42,000 students studying through satellite campuses on six continents. The program is provided at no cost to prisoners and their families.