Factors influencing perceived acceptance of change in prisons reforms in Kenya: a case of Nyeri Command prisons
Prison reforms are a vital component for the prison department to realize its mission and vision as spelt in the strategic plan. This is the reason why the Ministry of Home Affairs doubled its funding to enable realization of the prison reforms, Budget focus, (2008).The treasury increased its funding from 100 million Shillings to 200 million shillings, Budget focus, and (2008).The government has been steadfast in supporting the Prisons department reform itself into correctional centers of excellence but this has not been possible due to resentment by employees in the department who are reluctant to embrace the reforms positively and instead have resisted them making any meaningful change impossible. This therefore led to the need of undertaking a study to make an assessment of the factors that influence acceptance of change in Prison reforms in Nyeri Command Prisons. Specifically, the study assessed how independent variables like organization's culture, management practices, workers motivation and government policy influenced acceptance of change in the Prison reform programs. The entire study was divided into chapters each addressing a specific issue for example chapter one contained the background of the study whereby the global, regional and local aspect of Prisons reforms were discussed. Several examples of Prisons reforms from Germany, United States of America, India, South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya were discussed. The statement of the problem highlighted the bottlenecks that have prevented the realization of prisons reforms namely resistance by employees in Prisons establishment. In chapter two the literature review discussed the overview of prisons reforms in Kenya, factors underlying prisons reform in Kenya and a theoretical framework to reinforce the study. The third chapter examined the research design the study deployed which was a cross sectional survey design to enable the researcher to work with different categories of people at the same time. A mixed mode of data analysis was used in the study which summarized events using descriptive statistics. Stratified random sampling method was used in constituting the sample and data collection methods involved structured questionnaires and a guided interview guide. The fourth chapter highlighted data presentation, analysis and interpretation of the findings. Data was analyzed using Microsoft excel and SPSS software program and data presented using frequencies and percentage tables. In chapter five the summary of findings, conclusions and recommendations was highlighted and areas for further research provided.