Legal Literacy in Kachare Boys Reformatory Centre

Kachere Boys Reformatory Centre was originally built in the 1960s as a remand centre.  While over the past two years significant strides have been made in improving conditions at Kachere, sleeping and sanitary conditions remain sub-standard. Kachere was originally built with a capacity for 70 persons.  While writing this post today I am saddened to […]

“Mwai Wosinthika”- An alternative to custody for young people

Irish Rule of Law International and Venture Trust held a stakeholder meeting yesterday for the launch of a new pilot initiative they are starting called Mwai Wosinthika –  An alternative to custody for young people. This is an extension of a project currently being undertaken in Kachere Juvenile Reformatory Centre by Venture Trust and the […]

Prosecution challenges and success

Through its work with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Lilongwe Police Stations IRLI in Malawi has had a number successful results in securing the release of prisoners. In December 2009, a boy aged 16 was arrested for murder. He was moved from custody to Kachere Juvenile Prison in January 2010 […]

Children in Custody

Our project recently came across five children aged between 11 and 15 years old who had been held in police custody for three months. The boys had been sentenced to two reformatory institutions called Mpemba and Chilwa based in southern Malawi. There are currently only two reformatory centres in Malawi where male juveniles may be […]

Juvenile (In)Justice

Currently in Malawi the law states, under the 1969 Children and Young Persons Act, that those under the age of 18 should not be sent to adult prisons. However, for a long time courts and police have been sending children to prison as an easy option. Some children have been detained over long periods, in […]