Over 100 inmates have mental illness and HIV/AIDS - Lagos state government

Over 100 inmates have mental illness and HIV/AIDS - Lagos state government

- No fewer than 100 inmates of Lagos state prisons are said to have mental illness and HIV/AIDS

- This was revealed by the Lagos Criminal Information System, an electronic system for tracking and capturing biometric details of suspects and offenders

- According to the LCI, 71 juveniles are haboured illegally in the prisons facilities

The Lagos state attorney general and commissioner for justice, Adeniji Kazeem, has said that over 100 inmates of Lagos state prisons have mental illness and HIV/AIDS.

Kazeem made this revelation while presenting the newly-inaugurated Lagos Criminal Information System (LCIS), an electronic system for tracking and capturing biometric details of suspects and offenders, to stakeholders of criminal justice administration in Alausa, Ikeja.

Vanguard reports that according to the LCIS, 5,143 inmates, representing 82% of the total inmates in the same prisons facilities have no legal representation, just as 71 juveniles are haboured illegally in the prisons facilities.

NAIJ.com gathers that also revealed by the LCIS was that 6,027 inmates, representing over 90% in prisons facilities, are within the age range of 18 to 49 years.

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The commissioner expressed worry over the existence of 71 juveniles in the custody of the five prison facilities in the state.

The LCIS is an improvement over the Crime Data Register (CDR) introduced about 10 years ago to capture biometrics of suspects and convicts.

It was enhanced to deliver an all-encompassing automated information system and to provide a broad spectrum of information on suspects and convicts.

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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Centre for Crisis Communication (CCC) revealed that over 80% of Nigerians in prison custody were awaiting trial.

The report by the centre, which was released in Abuja on Wednesday, September 7, 2017, said the long stay of the inmates in prison was due to unwholesome criminal justice system in the country.

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Source: Naija.ng

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