JAILBREAK: Prisons call for criminal justice reform

The Nigerian Prison Service has called for a reform in the criminal justice system to fast-track the hearing of cases of inmates awaiting trial in prisons, in order to reduce the incidence of jail break.

The prison spokesman, Francis Enabore, who made the call, said the delay in the trial of the awaiting trial inmates, some of them with capital offences was creating tension in the prison system.

Of the 63,000 inmates in Nigerian prisons, he made it known that about 47,000 were awaiting trial.

Enabore speaking on a Rockcity FM programme: ’daybreak show’, blamed the recent jail break, partly, on the prison congestion, adding there would be less tension in prison if the issue of functionality of the criminal justice system is urgently addressed.

He said the Comptroller General of Prisons had directed the state comptroller of prisons to liaise with relevant government agencies in their areas to ensure the speedy trial of awaiting trial inmates.

Also speaking on the programme, the Director General of prison rehabilitation, reformation and resettlement group, Bishop Kayode Williams said Nigerian prisons were not reforming their inmates, but providing a training ground for hardened criminals.

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