n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - An appraisal of offender rehabilitation programmes in North Western Nigeria

Volume 30 Number 4
  • ISSN : 1012-8093


The study was conducted in Kano Central and Goron-Dutse prisons in North Western Nigeria. A total of 250 questionnaires were administered to convicted male inmates; 140 in Kano central prison and 110 in Goron-Dutse prisons. The number of respondents was higher in Kano Central prison than Goron-Dutse because of the disparity in inmate population. It was pertinent to conduct this study so as to determine the effectiveness of the prisons in the sample with regards to inmate rehabilitation. This was achieved as the study empirically examined the experiences of inmates in both prisons. Against this background therefore, this study involves an appraisal of rehabilitation programme from the inmates’ perspectives and some selected findings of this study, revealed that both prisons were unable to meet the United Nations Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Offenders (1984). For example, quantitative data revealed that only a 27 percent of inmates were involved in rehabilitation programmes with the balance (73%) were not involved at all in any rehabilitation programmes. The data also revealed that only 26.5 percent of inmates were satisfied with the existing rehabilitation programmes. This shows a variation in the level of inmates’ satisfaction with rehabilitation programmes and facilities. Interestingly, 7.3 percent of the inmates considered vocational programmes adequate. This suggests that the majority of inmates irrespective of the prisons perceived vocational training inadequate. This study recommends that it is imperative for the Nigerian government to make more efforts with the provision of adequate rehabilitation programmes and facilities in the two selected prisons as well as those across the country.

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