Nigeria has the largest number of detainees awaiting trial in Africa. Furthermore, Lagos State has the highest number of prisoners in Nigeria with 7,396 out of the national total of 68,686. Lagos state which is a commercial hub in Nigeria is also the most congested out of the lot. Due to the fact that the prisons are unfunded, they mostly rely on charitable organizations like WIN to provide them with relief materials .
In some cases pregnant women awaiting trail end up giving birth in prison, which is clearly not a conducive environment to raise a child. Women Impacting Nigeria (WIN) spent quality time in counselling the women because statistics have shown that more than two third of female prisoners often experience higher rate of anxiety and mental illness than their male counterparts
Access to Justice for Women – Kirikiri Womens Prison Provision of relief materials and welfare materials to pregnant women.
Through counselling, education and support we have improved the mental health and wellbeing of women in prison.
Skills acquisition training helping ex-convicts find gainful employment and assimilate back into society
Legal assistance – Provision of Pro- bono Legal Aid § Women and babies in Prison Campaign – Campaign to raise awareness of the poor conditions of pregnant women in prison and also of small children living in the prison with their mother in collaboration with the Julia Myron Fund
The ‘Half-Way’ Project – Rehabilitation centre for mothers with children and for those who have committed petty crime.
Lagos State has the highest number of prisoners in Nigeria with 7,396 out of the national total of 68,686. The state, which is the commercial hub of Nigeria is also the most congested out of the lot. It has a capacity for 3,927 prisoners, indicating that it nearly 100% over maximum capacity.
The Kirikiri Maximum Security has a capacity of 1,056, however it is also known to be highly overpopulated. Kirikiri Female Prison is the second female prison in Nigeria. Furthermore Nigeria has the highest number of detainees awaiting trial in Africa. In some cases, pregnant women awaiting trial end up giving birth in prison even though it is meant for convicts. Due to the fact that the prisons are underfunded, they mostly rely on charitable organizations like ourselves to provide them with relief material. The prison is not the ideal place to raise children however mothers sometimes have no option than to take their babies into custody with them. However having to raise a child and ensure his/her health and well-being in such a difficult environment such as a prison raises far too many concerns.