—In recent times, recidivism has not only been on
the increase in sub-Saharan Africa, but has become a major
social problem to the society. Discharged prisoners are faced
with challenges of reintegration as a result of some sociocultural
factors which tend to affect efforts in that direction.
Consequently, discharged prisoners often pose a threat to
sustainable development because they can very easily relapse
to crime when they are unable to reintegrate in the society.
This paper examined the socio-cultural factors affecting the
reintegration of discharged prisoners in Anambra State. The
study employed qualitative research method with the
population comprising adult members of the public,
discharged prisoners, opinion leaders and staff of Nigeria
prisons who were selected across randomly selected
communities within two purposively chosen locations of
Onitsha and Awka. Findings indicated that discharged
prisoners are stigmatized both by societal members and
existing laws. This study recommends that the government and
other non-governmental agencies must step up their efforts to
recondition the debasing conditions of Nigeria prison as well as
review relevant laws to ensure systematic post incarceration
rehabilitation and reintegration of discharged prisoners into
the society, so that they can contribute to growth and
sustainable development of the society.
—Discharged prisoners, recidivism,
reintegration, socio-cultural issues.
Kelechi Kenneth Osayi is with the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka,
Anambra state, Nigeria (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Kelechi Kenneth Osayi, " Socio-Cultural Factors Affecting Reintegration of
Discharged Prisoners in Anambra State, South East,
Nigeria," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 39-43, 2015.