Nigerian Correctional facilities fall short of the approved standard for the rehabilitation and reformation of inmates. The Standard Minimum rules for the treatment of Prisoners as adopted by the First United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, held at Geneva in 1955 sets out rules that preserve the rights of prisoners. According to the Controller-General, the facility built in 1955 to shelter 800 inmates now holds about 3,113 inmates as at December 3, 2019. The newly signed Nigerian Correctional Service Act may foster the desired change in the system if it takes effect in practice.
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UNILAG Law Review, (2020) Volume 4 Edition 1
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