Reformation of Female Prison Inmates in Benin and Kirikiri Prisons: ODL to the Rescue
Post-conviction stigmatisation and the failure of the Nigerian prison system as a means of reformation for prisoners make it imperative for prisoners to be equipped with the means for self dependence upon reintroduction to the society. Vocational training has been proven to be very effectively in this regard. Though vocational training programs abound in Nigeria, largely due to governmental, non – governmental and individual initiatives, they are not available to female prison inmates who are confined within prison walls with no access to the outside world. This paper considers the place of Open and Distance Learning in correcting this problem through vocational training of female prison inmates in the Benin and Kirikiri Prisons. Some of the issues this paper considers are the purpose of custodial punishment, female crime patterns, statistical data on the rates of recidivism amongst prison inmates and the extent to which vocational training of prison inmates has helped in reducing recidivism. Drawing from available statistics this paper shall propose that ODL can be a ready means of reformation and empowerment of female prison inmates as a means to reduce recidivism. // Paper ID: 267
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