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Living with a Death Sentence in Kenya (2022)

36 years without an execution, Kenya continues to hand down death sentences. Exploring profiles of Kenya’s death row population, our research sheds light on prisoners’ backgrounds,  pathways to,  and motivation for, offending, as well as their experiences of the justice process and of death row.

Using the key findings of our latest report: ‘Living with a Death Sentence in Kenya: Prisoners’ Experiences of Crime, Punishment and Death Row’ this animation video explores the key findings from the research, revealing that rather than ‘the worst of the worst’, Kenya’s death row is populated by some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged members of society. The video is also available to watch in Swahili with optional English subtitles here.

More about the report: The Death Penalty Project in partnership with the Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) commissioned Carolyn Hoyle, Director of the Death Penalty Research Unit, University of Oxford, and Lucrezia Rizzelli to conduct research on the socio-economic profiles and experiences of Kenya’s death row population. 

This video was produced with the financial support of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Video credits: The Death Penalty Project and KNCHR. 

Animation by production company Chocolate Films. 

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