Invest in social justice, PFN tasks FG
The Prison Fellowship Nigeria (PFN) has charged the Federal Government to secure the country by investing in social justice and equity.
The group also lauded the FG for signing into law, the Nigerian Correctional Services Act, noting that the act provides a huge fillip to pragmatic implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and the restorative justice system of criminal adjudication.
While celebrating the 30 years of reforming lives of inmates in Lagos, the group disclosed that despite various achievement in pursuit of healing, closure and wholeness for all those involved and affected by crime, offenders’ victim and the society at large, the government needs to do more on what it called, ‘Life Recovery Pre-release Empowerment’.
Pre-release empowerment is a special spiritual care, psychotherapy services and counseling support as well as business entrepreneurial and skill training that prepare inmates for ease of re-entry to the community after prison term.
The group said prison congestion is a systemic problem, which characterizes the failing of our criminal justice system.
“Prison Fellowship in collaboration with Ministry of Justice orchestrated restorative justice which enables certain class of offenders to be diverted from normal criminal trial, thereby reducing pressure in court dockets,” the group said.