The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi, has known as for the efficient use of non-custodial sentencing by Judges and Magistrates within the nation.
According to him, the 2015 Administration of Criminal Justice Act provides precedence to non-custodial sentences.
He famous that there are pointers that state the necessities and process for imposing non-custodial sentencing to stop abuse.
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Fagbemi spoke on the workshop on the implementation of the Non-Custodial Measures and Sentencing Guidelines underneath the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 in Abuja on Monday.
Represented by the Director of Administration of Criminal Justice and Reforms Department/Correctional Unit, Federal Ministry of Justice, Latricia Ayoola-Daniels, he famous that the aim of non-custodial measures is to search out efficient options to imprisonment for offenders.
The AGF added that nations of the world are shifting consideration from sentencing offenders to prisons to non-custodial centres.
He stated, “The Administration of Criminal Justice Act was enacted and got here into power on May 13, 2015. The Act positioned a premium on non-custodial sentences. In line with ACJA 2015, the Federal Government has set out pointers to stipulate the necessities and process for imposing Non-Custodial sentencing to make sure cheap uniformity and equity within the imposition of sentences.
“To facilitate the appliance and efficient use of the non-custodial sentencing, the authorized and regulatory
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framework have to be successfully applied. The objective of non-custodial measures is to search out efficient options to imprisonment for offenders. This is in accordance with the present world shift in punishing convicts with options to jail phrases.”
The AGF famous locking up minor offenders in jail has elevated the inhabitants of awaiting trial inmates, including that the method has made it tough to reform these offenders.
He stated, “Today we have seen countless cases where defendants are arrested for minor offences and locked up in prisons adding to the population of awaiting trial inmates. These offenders remanded with hardened criminals end up being initiated into a life of crime instead of being reformed.”