Category: Restorative Justice

Category: Restorative Justice

Advocacy Visit to stakeholders in Ondo State.

Our team paid an advocacy visit to the correctional service authorities and custodial centres in Ondo state for the enforcement of the Nigerian Correctional Service Act, 2019.

We were warmly received by the Deputy Controller of Corrections, Dr. Olayiwola who was impressed with our plans to decongest the Correctional facilities in the state by providing access to justice interventions for petty offenders and inmates abandoned without trial because they could not afford legal representation.

We also visited the Olokuta Correctional Service at the headquarters in Akure where we were received by Mr Oyewole and we are glad that the Correctional officers are looking forward to the successful execution of our projects.

This project is in collaboration with Prisoner’s Rights and Welfare Action and proudly sponsored by OSIWA. We hope to keep engaging stakeholders and leveraging on partnerships until Correctional Centres are truly correctional.

Many thanks to our project coordinator in Ondo State and our amazing volunteers for making this happen.

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Myths and Facts about Restorative Justice

Myth 4: Restorative Justice is not suitable for all cases, it is only appropriate for minor offences.

Fact: Restorative Justice (RJ) has proven to be very appropriate for capital offences as it has been for minor offences. For minor offences, RJ has provided alternativs to custodian sentences and for capital offences, it has be used in conjunction with the mainstream Justice system to achieve great results.

Myths and Facts About Restorative Justice

Myth 2: Restorative justice is a get out of jail free card for the offender.

Fact: Restorative Justice (RJ) advocates for a healthy complement to and in certain cases of minor offences, an alternative to retributive justice. RJ does not do away with punishment, but advocates for restitution and repair which are punishments away from imprisonment in certain cases.