The Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Nigerian Correctional Service Bill into law with two faculties. The new bill changes the Nigerian Prisons Service Act, renaming the prisons to correctional service.
The president has assented the Nigerian Correctional Service bill into law. The act changes the Nigerian Prisons Service Act. The senior special assistant to the president on National Assembly matters, Ita Enang, made this known on Wednesday, August 14, The Cable reports With the signing, the Nigerian Prisons Service will now be called the Nigerian Correctional Service. The president also signed another bill called the Nigerian Correctional Service Act 2019 which gives a life line to condemned criminals that were not executed 10 years after all legal producers for appeal have been exhausted.
Enang said according to the law, correctional service has two main faculties which are custodial service and non-custodial service.
The presidential aide said that some of the functions of the custodial service are the custody and control of personal that imprisoned in safe, secure and good conditions, conveying of prisons to and from courts, rehabilitation and reintegrations, empowering inmate through education and vocational skills, among others.
He said: “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 pretrial, trial during imprisonment or even post- imprisonment stages.”
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