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How poor persons spend months, years in prison unjustly

Recently, a group, Prisoners' Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) in collaboration with Open Society Initiative of West Africa (OSIWA) presented a baseline report on the decriminalisation and declassification of petty offences. The report, according to the organisers, was in response to concerns being raised regarding the growing prison population.

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The Prisoners’ Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA) baseline report on ‘Decriminalization and Declassification of Petty Offences’ showed that among the law enforcement groups in Lagos, about 85% of the respondents have substantial level of awareness of petty offences classification and believe they should be set aside.

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