Prison breaks have far-reaching consequences on the criminal justice system in Africa, with pretrial detainees being the most vulnerable group affected. They disrupt court proceedings and lead to loss of evidence, causing even more delays in trials. People awaiting trial are also at greater risk of harm by escapees seeking to evade capture.
Hope Behind Bars Africa is advocating for the Nigerian Government to consider non-custodial alternatives for low-risk detainees to ease prison overcrowding and reduce the impact of prison breaks. We must establish more efficient case management systems to expedite the trial process; so that the length of detention can be reduced, alleviating frustration and desperation among detainees.