- Shehu Sani, a former member of the upper chamber, has backed the name change of the Nigerian Prisons service
- Sani said that the change to correctional service is a welcome development
- The former legislator added that it should be ensured that the service's operation shows its new status
Shehu Sani, a former member of the Senate, has reacted to the name change of the Nigerian Prisons Service.
Sani, on Wednesday, August 14, said that the name change to correctional service is a welcome development.
The former member of the upper chamber, however, said that the next thing will be to ensure that the service is operated to reflect its new status.
Recall that Legit.ng earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari assented the Nigerian Correctional Service bill into law. The act changes the Nigerian Prisons Service Act.
This was disclosed by the senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly matters, Ita Enang, on Wednesday, August 14.
With the signing, the Nigerian Prisons Service will now be called the Nigerian Correctional Service.
Enang said according to the law, correctional service has two main faculties which are custodial service and non-custodial service.
Some of the functions of the custodial service are:
- Custody and control of people imprisoned in safe, secure and good conditions
- Conveying of prisoners to and from courts in motorised formations Identifying the existence and causes of anti-social behaviours of inmates
- Conducting risk and needs assessment aimed at developing appropriate correctional treatment methods for reformation, rehabilitation and reintegration
- Implementing reformation and rehabilitation programmes to enhance the reintegration of inmates back into the society.
- Empowering inmates through the deployment of educational and vocational skills training programmes.
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"The non-custodial faculty of the correctional service is responsible for the administration of non-custodial measures, namely: community service, probation, parole, restorative justice measures and such other measures as a court of competent jurisdiction may order.
"Restorative Justice measure approved in the Act include victim-offender mediation, family group conferencing, community mediation and other conciliatory measures as may be deemed necessary pre-trial, trial during imprisonment or even post - imprisonment stages," he added.
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