The Challenges That Ex-Prisoners Face Upon Release from Prison in Akwa-Ibom State, Nigeria

Ugwuoke, Kelvin Abuchi

Department of Sociology/Anthropology

University of Uyo, Nigeria

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E-mail: ugwukev11@gmail.com

and

Otodo Ifeanyichukwu

Department of sociology and Anthropology

University of Uyo, Nigeria

josprison@gmail.com

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Abstract:

This study investigate the challenges that ex-prisoners face upon release from prison in Akwa-Ibom State, Nigeria. The study combines secondary information and information from extensive fieldwork with interviews to elicit information on the problems and challenges of ex-prisoners upon release from imprisonment. A total of sixty-three (63) ex-prisoners, selected through snowball sampling method, were interviewed. Data was analyzed qualitatively and with the use of simple percentages. Results show that: (i) ex-prisoners were not effectively prepared for re-integration into the society when they were in prison custody. (ii) ex-prisoners lack the basic necessities of life upon release; and (iii) employers of labour in Akwa-Ibom State are not willing to hire ex-prisoners. Recommendations on how to achieve a proper reintegration of ex-prisoners in Akwa-Ibom state are made.

KEY WORDS: Ex-prisoners, release, reintegration, challenges, imprisonment

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