Dream Again Prison and Youth Foundation in Partnerships with Jela’s Development Initiatives are working together to impact inmates (students) to constructively utilise their time and every while in incarceration to add value to them towards becoming productive members of the society when released, this way we are curbing recidivism.
Recidivism is a global problem and according to the European Journal of Scientific, Research Statistics show that there has been a steep rise in recidivism in Nigeria: 35% in 2007, 44% in 2008, 52.4% in 2010, and 50% in 2019. Globally, between 20% to 63% of ex-convicts relapse into crime within two years after their release from prison.
To tackle the above problem with our partners JDI. Dream Again has secured approval from Nigeria Correctional Service Headquarters, Gwagwalada FCT Command To walk and work with the inmates (students) in line with our 3R’s
We urged inmates, never to allow their experience in prison or what made them get into the prison discourage them from living their full potentials.
“Going to prison is not the end of the world, it is only part of the stories that make us who we are, even though it is not one that anyone wishes for. ‘Prison itself is a tremendous education in the need for patience and perseverance. It is above all a test of one’s commitment’, according to Nelson Mandela.
We thank the government through the Nigeria Correctional Service for the liberty to partner with NGOs like ‘Dream Again Prison and Youth Foundation’, and some faith-based organizations in the reformation and effective social reintegration of offenders.
“It was a huge step in the right direction in 2019 when president Mohammadu Buhari signed into law the act that changed Nigeria Prison Service to Nigeria Correctional Service, while this is laudable.”
We believe that government must work very hard in reviewing the welfare packages of the wardens to encourage them to be effective on the job, staff training, housing, salary and equipment for the job is very key in motivating the staff.
We call on the judiciary arm of government to revamp their approach in dealing with cases with cutting edge technology towards offering speedy trials, this will help in decongesting the correctional centres.
The government should work on putting up a good support system for ex-convicts especially those who are found to be innocent after years in incarceration.
Reformation is not just the work of the government, all hands must be on deck towards making our society safe.
“When we educate and train a prisoner, we are making the society safe and better for all”
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