Our intention is to establish a credible Prisons Service which through excellent penal practice seek lasting change in offender’s attitudes, values and behaviour and ensure successful reintegration into the society


To promote public protection by providing assistance for offenders in their reformation and rehabilitation under safe, secure and humane conditions in accordance with universally accepted standard and to facilitate their social reintegration into society


The Nigerian Prisons Service derives its operational powers from CAP P29 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 to
i. take into lawful custody all those certified to be so kept by courts of competent jurisdiction;
ii. produce suspects in courts as and when due;
iii. identify the causes of their anti-social dispositions;
iv. set in motion mechanisms for their treatment and training for eventual reintegration into society as normal law abiding citizens on discharge; and
v. Administer Prisons Farms and Industries for this purpose and in the process generate revenue for the government.