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Lagos uses community service to decongest prisons

24 April 2014, 08:38

Lagos - The Lagos State Government said, through its new justice administration system, was  encouraging the use community service as a punitive measure for minor crime offenders in the state.

It disclosed that about 2 595 minor crime offenders were sentenced to community service in the state in the last year.

The State Attorney General, Ade Ipaye, made the disclosure at the 2014 ministerial briefing to mark the seven years anniversary of the Governor Babatunde Fashola's administration.

“Following the introduction of new reforms in our criminal justice system, 2 595 offenders were sentenced to various terms of community service across the 12 Magisterial Districts of Lagos State between April 2013 and March 2014,” he said.

Ipaye noted that the approach of sentencing minor offenders to service community service instead of going to prison helped decongest the prisons which are reportedly over crowded.

Disclosing other achievement of the state government in the justice sector, the Attorney General said the state government established a first ever Pro Bono Trust Fund in Nigeria to enable indigent residents access free legal representation to be provided by private legal practitioners.

He urged locals to take advantage of the many free legal services being offered by the State Government to address their grievances for the purpose of obtaining justice.

- CAJ News

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