PRAI Organizes Pre-Release Programme for Inmates due to be released in December

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Prisoners’ Rights Advocacy Initiative (PRAI) organized a pre-release rehabilitation programme at Ikoyi Prison and the Kirikiri Female Prison. A US based psychologist, lecturer and PhD student at Kansas State University, Onyedikachi Ekwerike and Yussuf Funmilayo engaged inmates due to be released this December on “Life outside prison; Managing expectations, considering alternatives.” It was really life Changing. Nafisat Ajibola took inmates on how to build and sustain their businesses. There was a personal assessment sessions where needs, fears and expectations of the inmates were documented.

We hope to support the inmates with various needs like, barbing equipment, transport fare to their destinations upon release, education, job placement.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1544007445290-991c55c8-31c1-6″ include=”4302,4303,4304,4305,4306,4307,4308″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

PRAI to Support Ex-convict

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Harrison is a two time convicted Drug offender who got released from prison on the 2nd of December 2018. He passed his GCE Examination excellently in prison and hopes never to return to prison again. PRAI welcomed him out of prison and gave him transport fare back to Jos. We will support his education, business and reintegration.

He and twenty other Convicts and Awaiting Trial Males participated in a pre-release rehabilitation programme organized by PRAI on the 29th and 30th of November 2018.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1544007137846-a0db8cdc-da35-7″ include=”4296,4297,4298,4299″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

PRAI Secures Release of Inmates after 2 years in prison awaiting trial

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We secured the release of Yussuf Lukman hadwho spent over two years in prison awaiting trial. The Court discharged him for failure of the prosecution to produce their witnesses in court after successive adjournments.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1544006872197-19afc9a3-c60d-9″ include=”4291,4292,4293″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

PRAI Director Bags Award at the Ikoyi Prison

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Executive Director of Prisoners’ Rights Advocacy Initiative (PRAI), Mr Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem, received an award from the Nigerian Prisons Service for PRAI’s immense support towards the education of inmates of Ikoyi Prison. We appreciate our volunteers who are working tirelessly to help inmates break the cycle of crime and recidivism.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1544005594339-9d92eabd-dd7a-9″ include=”4286,4287,4288″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Chief Judge of Lagos Set to Release Inmates

The Chief Judge of Lagos will be releasing inmates in prisons across Lagos State on the 6th and 7th of December. In a letter addressed to the Director of Prisoners’ Rights Advocacy Initiative(PRAI) by the Lagos State Judiciary, the Honourable Chief Judge of Lagos State, Hon. Justice Opeyemi Oke, will be visiting the Prisons to release some deserving inmates on compassionate grounds. The details of the visits are stated below:
Kirikiri Maximum Prison
Kirikiri Medium Prison
Kirikiri Female Prison      – Thursday, 6th December, 2018
Ikoyi Prison                      – Friday, 7th December, 2018
Recall that PRAI had asked for a review of the criteria for release in its letter of 1st  November 2018 and some of our suggestions was taken into consideration by the Honourable Chief Judge

We made the following suggestions in our letter:

1. Awaiting Trial Persons who have spent more than one year in prison for minor offences should be considered for release.
2. Awaiting Trial Persons who have spent more than two years for serious offences should be considered.
3. An audit should be done to identify and release inmates who have spent a period longer than the maximum period of imprisonment which they could have served had they been convicted of the offence in respect of which they were detained.
4. Consider organizing a rehabilitation programme for those to be released before their release and a possible follow up programme after release, to reduce to a minimum the possibility of them reoffending and returning back to the prison. This leg can be done in partnership with government parastatals and non-governmental organizations offering such services. Prisoners’ Rights Advocacy Initiative (PRAI) is available to support your good office in this regard as well as other areas your lordship may deem fit.