Record:   Prev Next
Author Macharia, Alice Wambui, author
Title Rights of the child, mothers, and sentencing : the case of Kenya / Alice Wambui Macharia
Imprint Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2021
book jacket
LOCATION CALL # STATUS OPACMSG BARCODE
 人文社會聯圖  KSK4798 .M33 2021    AVAILABLE    30660020252263
Descript xvi, 176 pages ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Routledge research in human rights law
Routledge research in human rights law
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-169) and index
Exploring the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child from the lens of the children of incarceratd mothers -- Literature review; Rights of the child, mothers, and sentencing -- Evolution of women imprisonment in Kenya adn the effects of the incarceration on their dependent children -- Exploring the Kenyan sentencing guidelines from the lens of the children of incarcerated mothers -- Recommendations; The rights of the child, women, and sentencing
"This book draws international attention to the autonomy of the child accompanying incarcerated mothers, and those they leave behind in the community as equal holders of human rights, despite being dependent on the convicted caregiver. Adopting a child rights perspective, this study explores how courts could go about sentencing mothers of young children for the commission of criminal offences, whilst protecting the rights of the child as envisaged under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Drawing on the author's experience as a sentencer in the Kenyan court and with reference to domestic, regional and international law, the book argues that children's rights are presently left in abeyance when their mothers are sentenced to imprisonment, and that greater efforts should be made to recognize and give effect to the child's existence as an autonomous equal holder of human rights, despite being dependent on the convicted caregiver. It explores the application of precedence as well as the court's discretion in view of the dependent child, and concludes that policy reform in this respect calls for change in attitude and approach on women and children's issues. Observing that internationally, most women imprisoned with their children fall beneath the custodial threshold set by law, the research examines how current sentencing practices could be reformed, and suggests harnessing the Power of Mercy Committee, the Sentencing Guidelines and progressive practices from developed countries in protecting the child's rights by imposing non-custodial sentences for the offending mothers. It is concluded that in all jurisdictions, strict accountability for the dependent child should be situated with the judiciary, and that the same should be pronounced as a mandatory legal requirement"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Children of women prisoners -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Kenya
Children's rights -- Kenya
Maternal deprivation -- Kenya
Women prisoners -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Kenya
Women prisoners -- Family relationship -- Kenya
Sentences (Criminal procedure) -- Kenya
Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989 November 20)
Record:   Prev Next