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Wilson Kinyua

Wilson Kinyua

Wilson Kinyua

Prisoner - Graduate - Released

Kimiti Maximum Security Prison, Kenya

Wilson was imprisoned 19 years ago and has been on Death Row since the age of 22. He was released on 13th February 2019 and is currently in the final year of his law degree [LLB] with the University of London via our Changemaker Programme.

Wilson was also part of a team that successfully challenged the mandatory death penalty in Kenya, using Susan Kigula's Ugandan case - a Justice Defender Ambassador - as precedent.

Of our presence in Kimiti, Wilson states that it is helping to grow the relationship between inmates and staff, reducing the 'us and them' mentality of prison life. He talks of the change he has seen in Kamiti, with staff becoming teachers and the school having grown from nothing to a strong educational facility. To be able to represent his peers in prison and become as qualified as possible to support their appeals has been Wilson's main focus as he studies.