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COVID-19: PRAWA trains Correctional Officers on guidelines for sanctioning offenders - ITREALMS

The Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) has trained Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS) officers on Non-Custodial Measures in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on guidelines for the supervision of offenders Serving Non-Custodial Sentence and punishment of violators during the COVID-19 lockdown, reports ITREALMS.

This was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by Ogechi Ogu, Deputy Director, PRAWA and made available to 
ITREALMS.

According to PRAWA, an overview of the newly developed Manual for Non-custodial Correctional Officers on the supervision of offenders during COVID 19 Pandemic is critical.

Some of the 13-guideline sections which the officers were trained on are; the underlying Principles & Rationality of Punishing Criminal Violations During Covid 19 Lockdown Restrictions; Safety, Protection and Compliance with Health Protocols in Correctional Officers Workspaces.

Others are; recommending Sanctions for COVID 19 Violations and other Criminal Infractions, preparing Pre-Sentencing Report for Courts; Supervision of Offenders Serving Non-Custodial Sentenced and Progress Report for Offenders Serving Non-Custodial Sentences.

The training which was supported by the European Union, British Council and Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption RoLAC, had in attendance thirty Eight (38) participants including a representative of ROLAC , Dr. Oluwatoyin Badejogbin, Component Manager (ROLAC) Program , Vivian Geiram, a former Director of the Irish Probation Service, Mr Clement Job Okech, Assistant Director of Kenya Probation and Aftercare Service , Senior officers of the Nigerian Correctional Service and the Non-Custodial Officers currently piloting the implementation of Non-Custodial Measures in the FCT.

Uboshe Uboshe/Editor

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