List of Prisons in Kenya

List of Prisons in Kenya: There are many prisons in Kenya and the experience of locating one without knowing its location can be difficult. To make it easy for you to know the types of prisons in Kenya we have compiled the best information about Kenyan prisons Prisons in Kenya are under the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government. The department which is mandated to cater to the prisons is the State Department for Correctional Services.

How Many Prisons Are in Kenya?

The number of established prisons in Kenya is 134 and the current capacity of the prisons is 34,000 but the current capacity is around 53,000. This means that Kenyan prisons are crowded and resources are overstretched. The biggest prison in Kenya IS Kamiti Maximum Prison.

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Maximum Prisons in Kenya

Before March 17, 2017, Kenya had 5 maximum prisons. But after a gazette notice published on March 17, 2017, the number of maximum prisons increased . Below we look at the maximum prisons in Kenya

1. Kamiti Maximum Prison

As mentioned above Kamiti Maximum Prison is the largest prison in Kenya. Founded in 1955 and located in Kahawa west, the prison holds around 1800- 2500 prisoners.  Prisoners in Kamiti Maximum Prison are majorly sentenced for life imprisonment and most have committed extremely bad crimes.

2. Langata Women Maximum Security Prison

As the largest women Prison, Langata prison holds women who have been sentenced for life imprisonment. It located along Langata road.

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3. Nairobi Remand and Allocation Maximum Security Prison

Nairobi Remand and Allocation Maximum Security Prison was upgraded to a maximum prison after the late Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery gazetted that the prison will among the prisons which will undergo the upgrading. Nairobi Remand is located along in Industrial area along Enterprise road.

4. Shimo la Tewa Maximum Security Prison

Criminal who commit offences like murder, terrorism, piracy or drug dealers are jailed at this prison. It is Kenya’s second largest prison and was actually founded in 1953.

5. Manyani Maximum Security Prison

As the second maximum prison in Mombasa, Mantani prison was originally created by the colonial governmenent to hold Mau Mau members. It is located in Taita taveta, inside Tsavo National Park.

6. Nyeri Maximum Security Prison

It is the only maximum prison in Nyeri. Before the gazette notice by Joseph Nkaissery, the prison was known as Kingongo Maximum Security Prison. This prison was upgraded to a maximum prison in 2017. It is located along Nyeri-Kiganjo road.

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7. Kisumu Maximum Security Prison

This is another prison which was upgraded to maximum prison. Before the 2017 gazette it was known as Kisumu Main prison. The prison is over populated and holds over 2500 prisoners.

8. Kibos Maximum Security Prison

As the second maximum prison in Nyanza region, the prison is located near Kibos Market.

9. Naivasha Maximum Security Prison

As the third largest maximum prison in Kenya, Naivasha maximum prison is located in Nakuru County.

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Prisons in Nairobi

  • Nairobi Short Sentence Prison (NSSP)
  • Nairobi West prison
  • Kamiti Medium Prison
  • Kamiti Youth Correction and Training Centre

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Prisons in coast region

  • Shimo la Tewa medium prison
  • Shimo la Tewa women prison
  • Kwale prison
  • Kilifi prison
  • Malindi prison
  • Hola prison
  • Wundanyi prison
  • Voi remand prison
  • Hindi prison
  • Taveta prison
  • Kingorani prison

Prisons in central region

  • Nyeri medium prison
  • Nyeri Women prison
  • Thombson Falls prison in Nyahururu
  • Muranga road
  • Maranjau prison
  • Thika main prison
  • Kerugoya prison
  • Thika women prison
  • Kiambu prison
  • Ruiru prison
  • Mwea prison

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Prisons in Nyanza region

  • Kisumu medium prison
  • Kisumu women prison
  • Nyamira prison
  • Kisii Main prison
  • Kisii women prison
  • Homa bay prison
  • Kibos Medium prison
  • Migori prison

Prisons in Rift valley

  • Naivasha medium prison
  • Nakuru main prison
  • Nakuru women prison
  • Eldoret women prison
  • Eldoret main prison
  • Kitale main prison
  • Kitale medium prison
  • Kitale annex prison
  • Kitale women prison
  • Ngeria prison
  • Kapsabet prison
  • Kapenguria prison
  • Lodwar prison
  • Kericho main prison
  • Kericho Medium prison
  • Kericho women prison
  • Athi river prison
  • Maralal prison
  • Rumuruti prison
  • Kajiado prison
  • Nanyuki prison
  • Narok prison
  • Kabarnet prison
  • Eldama ravine prison
  • Tambach prison

Prisons in Western region

  • Kakamega Main Prison
  • Kakamega Women Prison
  • Bungoma Prison
  • Shikusa Prisons
  • Shikusa Borstal Institution Prison
  • Busia Prison
  • Vihiga Prison

Prisons in Eastern region

  • Embu Main Prison
  • Embu Women Prison
  • Machakos Main Prison
  • Machakos Women Prison
  • Meru Main Prison
  • Meru Women Prison
  • Kitui Prison
  • Uruku Prison
  • Isiolo Prison
  • Marsabit Prison
  • Moyale Prison
  • Kangeta Prison
  • Makueni Prison

Prisons in North Eastern region

  • Garrissa Main prison
  • Garrissa Medium prison
  • Mandera prison
  • Wajir prison

Women Prisons in Kenya

Below is a list of female prisons in Kenya

  • Langata Women Maximum Security Prison
  • Shimo la Tewa women prison
  • Nyeri Women prison
  • Thika women prison
  • Kisumu women prison
  • Kisii women prison
  • Nakuru women prison
  • Eldoret women prison
  • Kitale women prison
  • Kericho women prison
  • Kakamega Women Prison
  • Embu Women Prison
  • Machakos Women Prison
  • Meru Women Prison