APPRAISAL OF THE RESTORATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE MEASURES IN NIGERIA

Justin C. Ileka

Abstract


This study makes a case for the maximal utilization of some restorative measures in the Nigerian criminal justice system that are capable of offering justice to the victims of crime, the offenders and the society. This is a shift from the current over use of imprisonment that not only depletes the tax payers’ resources but cares less about the welfare of the victims, the offenders and society. The restorative measures to be considered here are suspended sentence or probation, community service, restitution, victim compensation and plea bargain. The work considers the advantages, challenges and the way forward in applying these restorative measures in Nigeria.

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