Rehabilitation Programmes, Recidivism and Internal Security: A Case Study of Agodi and Abologo Prison Facilities, Oyo State, Nigeria

Tajudeen A Akanji, Olanrewaju Abdulwasii Oladejo, Ayantunde Francis Alayande




In line with global best practices in criminal justice administration, new dynamics evolved in prison management to ensure that the punitive measure of confinement is accompanied by rehabilitation package to accentuate the advocacy for reformation of inmates in preparation for productive and dignifying post-prison life. The measure is noted to be employed by many developing countries of the world, Nigeria inclusive, meanwhile, an emerging trend of recidivism in the country suggests otherwise. Using survey research design, the study sought to investigate the availability and types of rehabilitation programmes in Nigeria Prisons with specific case study of Agodi Prison in Ibadan and Abologo Prison in Oyo town, both in Oyo state, Southwestern Nigeria; the possible potential of the programmes in curbing recidivism as well as its nexus with internal security. Obtained data stated availability of the rehabilitation programmes in the affirmative to include academic, mid-range industrial vocation as well as counselling with inmates’ utmost preference for secondary education, carpentry, soap making and religious counselling in their respective cluster as measures capable of reducing recidivism. Equally confirmed was the negative impact of recidivism on internal security.


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