African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 399


Prison health in Nigeria: A sociological discourse

Agunbiade Ojo Melvin
Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 10 December 2010
  •  Published: 31 May 2013


In many developing countries including Nigeria, prison conditions are far from being humane, and prison health is yet to be seen as a profitable social project. This is often displayed in the various forms of social interactions obtainable among prisoners, prison staff and the larger social system. Prisons in Nigeria over the past years have been in deplorable conditions with increase in disease burden among inmates. The worrisome part is not the governments’ willingness to join the global drive towards realising access to health care service, but the slowness in attitude in addressing the health needs of prisoners; yet prison health remains paramount. In the light of the above background, the paper therefore, attempts a sociological discourse of prison health in Nigeria within the context of the dynamics of social structures on prison health as well as suggest plausible strategy through which optimum prison health in Nigeria could be realised.


Key words: Inmates, punishment, prison staff, prison health, prison condition.