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Several weeks ago, I visited
all 3 Kirikiri Prisons, including the Maximum, Medium and Female Prisons. My
experience that day has stayed with me till now, I remember walking into the
Medium Male Prison and thinking it was the most hostile place, I had ever
visited, particularly due to its over crowdedness and the look in the hundreds
of stares that followed us around as we were given a tour of the Skill and
Acquisition Centers in the prisons.
 It’s where I met one of my Pro Bono clients
who is currently in remand at the prison while awaiting Trial. The visit had
been coordinated by my friend and Mandela Washington Fellow, Ahmed Adetola
Kazeem who is the Executive Director of Prisoners’
Rights Advocacy Initiative
(PRAI),a non-governmental organization providing
pro-bono legal and rehabilitation services to prison inmates, follow the link
to read about  My
Kirikiri Prison Tour
.


Offering Pro Bono services
is a wonderful way for lawyers to give back to the society, moreover, if
lawyers were more actively seeking Pro Bono cases, it’s safe to say our Prisons
will not be as over -crowded as they are and everyone would have more
confidence in the justice system.  Currently,
my firm Adedunmade Onibokun & Co.,
 is handling the case of an inmate
awaiting Trial Pro Bono and I am sure there are various firms and lawyers out
there also doing same.

Please share your Pro Bono
Story with me as well, looking forward to hearing them. They could be on  gender related cases, child abuse or
humanitarian matters.

Adedunmade
Onibokun
Founder 
@Legalnaija