Chukwudi Ani Amunnadi, Kingsley Onukwube Omemma


The problem of increasing population explosion of prisoners has become a challenging global trend.  In Nigeria several reforms have been introduced to confront the above ugly development.  Prison service the world ever is aimed at realizing various goals such as protection, reformation, retribution, deterrence and rehabilitation.  However the recurring trend of criminals going back to prison for same or related crimes shows that much still need to be done in order to stem the tide of overcrowding of prison in Nigeria. It is against this backdrop that this study is an attempt to examine the place of religion in providing the way forward in the area of prison decongestion as well as promoting prisoners reform and rehabilitation.  A descriptive survey design approach was adopted for the study.  In the final analysis, the paper made some findings and draws conclusions with some recommendations.

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