PRISON DECONGESTION, REHABILITATION AND RE-INSTATEMENT

In Nigeria, prisoners or convicts suffer a lot of depression, feeling of rejection, feeling of being excluded from the informative circle of life. Prisons are main to be a correctional institutions, where inmates are being reprimanded for their individual offences committed, it is not a center for condemned people. But out of every three prisoners who return to the society, two if not all will encounter problems trying to fit-in back into the society for a long time. Most times, this frustration might leave the prisoner with no other choice than to go back to their vomit (crime).
 
 
This cycle of failure we think should be a concern to our government, their policies and also concerned citizens, as well as international organizations that possess passion for humanity. One may ask what challenges do this prisoners face? The system of correction adopted by the correctional institutions in Nigeria perpetuates this cycle of failure by isolating offenders for years. During this period of time, these prisoners lose ties with legitimate society and its pattern of socialization thus leaving them at the mercy of convicted criminals who indirectly or directly socialize them into prison life. Inmates acquire attitudes and knowledge from other inmates that may strengthen their desire to engage in criminal behavior and improve their criminal skills.

The isolation of inmates from society also hinders attempts to rehabilitate them. Isolated within a total institution, inmates are cut off from the rights and responsibilities of the society. This lack of connection with societal norms can hinder successful re-integration into society when inmates are released. Our major concern in this project is to bridge the gap between prisoners and the society outside prisons. We believe this can be done with the use of vocational training programs, workshops, orientation programs and other useful initiative that we already do.

The plight of prisoners and their condition is a great concern to GNPAI. It is often said that Nigeria prisons are overpopulated. The country's 277 prisons house over 45,000 inmates each, in largely abysmal conditions that are unfit for human beings. It is wholesome that this congestion stem from a seeming malfunction in our justice system. More worrisome however is the issue of reintegrating released prisoners into the society. Examine this special report statistics.
GNPAI makes giant stride effort to prisons congestion across the country. Our organization moves at reviving the prisons decongestion programme that was launched in 2005 as a response to nationwide complaints about the colossal number of inmates languishing in prisons formation across the country.
What we do in prisons is the task of assisting inmates regain their freedom. We go to different prisons and offer orientation to the prisoners for example in kefi, Suleja prisons.

GNPAI comprises of a team that visits prisons from time to time, and in the course of such visits, discovery are made on the ground that many youths are in prisons illegally, who has no business being in prison in the first place. Some prisoners were given four year jail term with options of about N20, 000. Such persons end up serving these terms before we facilitated their release because they could afford to pay.

On the other hand, we also realized that releasing these prisoners into the society without equipping them is of no significance to the goal of the programme because a jobless youth is like a disaster waiting to happen. We first of all put them through counseling which is refer to as healing process, thereafter we enroll the freed prisoners in skill acquisition training, thereafter we empower them financially to enable them carry on with their lives.
In addition to that, we also offer services for awaiting trial inmates (ATI) by sending our team of lawyers to prisons to speed up the trial process of the inmates so as to reduce the congestion.