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By Jeremy Sarkin

Written by a collection of eminent researchers, this study takes an in depth examine African prisons, and examines how nearby and foreign criminal tools have handled human rights matters equivalent to overcrowding, wellbeing and fitness care, pretrial detention, and the therapy of girls and youngsters. delivering concrete examples in addition to conception, it analyzes human rights wishes, advancements, and regulations, and makes thoughts as to how events should be greater.

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In a bid to curb overcrowding Nigeria released 25 000 prisoners in January 2006. Some of those prisoners released had been awaiting trial for 10 years. The Nigerian government has also approved the establishment of a prison board, consisting of law enforcement officials and human rights workers, for each of the country’s 227 prisons. A nationwide chief inspector of prisons will also report to the President of Nigeria. Nigerian Justice Minister Bayo Ojo noted that the ‘conditions of the prisons are just too terrible.

For example, overcrowding creates conditions of detention that intensify the already poor levels of hygiene. Another consequence of overcrowding is the sexual abuse that has been well documented in youth prisons. Furthermore, there exists a severe lack of adequate nutrition and healthcare for detained children and a general indifference to their educational and developmental needs. This is not true in all countries, as some have developed educational programmes aimed at rehabilitating children so that they may effectively reintegrate.

9 ‘Where Life Means Death’. The Economist, 27 March 2004. 10 ‘US$25 Million for Ghana Prison Service’s Transformation’. 15/2002/3 (February 2002: 12). 12 Decision of Judge Plasket in S v. Zuba and 23 similar cases, CA40 (2003), paragraphs 37 and 38, quoted in Steinberg (2005). ReportID=50962>, accessed on 5 January 2006. ReportID=53167>, accessed on 5 May 2006. 15 Committee of Ministers, Meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies, Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to Member States on the European Prison Rules (11 January 2006).

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