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THE DRIVING FORCE

The Driving Force

The recent statistics issued by the National Bureau of Statistics is quite alarming and gives credence to the urgent need for reforms within the prison system. In Lagos State, there is a staggering number of Un-sentenced detainees and based on a 2015 data , there are about 5,603 un-sentenced detainees out of a prison population of 6,522 - the highest in the country. Rivers and Edo States follow closely with 3,625 and 2,434 un-sentenced detainees. In reality, the actual prison capacity for Lagos State ought to be 3,897 while Kano and Rivers States prison population is 4, 082 and 4,054 instead of an actual prison capacity of 1,840 and 1,354 respectively .

The overall prison population in the country for 2015 was 62,260 against 56,059 in 2014 which represents an 11.06% growth. The graph below shows the statistics for 2015 by Regions, with un-sentenced inmates being as high as 72.53% of the entire prison population.

1 National Bureau of Statistics – Report on the Number of Un-Sentenced Detainees and Overall Prison Population by State and Year 2011 - 2015 (issued January 2017)

2 National Bureau of Statistics – Crime Statistics : Nigerian Prisons (issued April 2016)

3 National Bureau of Statistics – Report on the Number of Un-Sentenced Detainees and Overall Prison Population by State and Year 2011 - 2015 (issued January 2017)

THE DRIVING FORCE

There is an urgent need for reforms within the Nigerian prison system; In Lagos State, there is a staggering number of un-sentenced detainees.

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OUR STRATEGY AND DREAM

The initiative is to work with lawyers across the thirty six states of the country under the direct supervision of the NGO. These lawyers will help through the interview process, negotiations (where applicable) and court proceedings.

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THE WAY FORWARD

Our mandate is to sieve out the most vulnerable - those arrested for minor misdemeanour and are awaiting trial- and find ways to secure their release and rehabilitation.

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