Awaiting trial prisoners (ATP) form over 70% of the prison population in Nigeria. There are many instances of time spent on remand awaiting trial exceeding five years. This is a strong sign of a dysfunctional justice system and the need to improve co-ordination.
Our work aims to improve the quality of justice delivery in Nigeria through the reduction in the time that accused people spend awaiting trial and the costs of running the criminal justice system.
The Speeding Up Criminal Justice Project is a J4A intervention that is being led by Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA). They are a non-governmental organisation with a track record of engagement with government agencies working on reform in the justice sector with particular focus on prison reform and prisoner rehabilitation.
One of our objectives is to establish permanent cross-sector consultation mechanisms to review the problems identified in the sector and formulate solutions.
What people say about J4A's work
' … the release of the longest serving awaiting trial prisoner (ATP) in Enugu, Mr Hyginus Ajibo, from prison after 16 years awaiting trial underscores the importance of the Clearing House project in reducing the number of ATPs and the length of time spent awaiting trial by ATPs.'
- Programme Officer with PRAWA, Enugu
'The Justice for All programme and its projects have raised a lot of awareness of the major issues and bottlenecks of the criminal justice system in Enugu and the approach used in resolving the issues is making some headway.'
- Human Rights Session, Radio Nigeria