The Problem Facing Elderly Inmates in Nigerian Prison System

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The Problem Facing Elderly Inmates in Nigerian Prison System. A Study Of Lagos Prison

Abstract

With some selected elderly inmates (n=93) from two prisons in Nigeria, this study critically examined the problems of the aged inmates in the Nigerian Prisons. Convenience and purposive sampling techniques were used to select the two-prisons studied and the aged inmates (n=93) that were questioned, respectively. Questionnaire was the only research instrument employed in the study and frequency and simple percentage were the methods of data analysis. The study discovered that poor bedding and clothing, inadequate food and poor diet, poor health care delivery, lack of psychological support and poor recreational facilities were the major problems which made life in prison more terrible for the elderly inmates in Nigeria. The recommendations made in this paper would go a long way in sanitizing the poor prison system in Nigeria, especially as it affected the aged inmates, provided they were judiciously implemented by the prison stakeholders in Nigeria.

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