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Michael F. Easley

Theodis Beck

North Carolina Department of Correction

For Release: Contact: Mike Stater
Date: May 22, 2008 Phone: 919 -716-3700

Second Nigerian delegation to visit North Carolina prisons

RALEIGH The government of Nigeria, in an effort to reform its antiquated prison system, will send a second group of prison managers to North Carolina this month to tour correctional facilities and observe operations of the state’s prison system.

 Beginning May 27, 10 Nigerian Prison Service managers will arrive in Raleigh to work with a host committee to learn what might help them reform the Nigerian prisons. This group will visit six prisons in Greene, Franklin, Warren and Granville counties.  It will also tour two Correction Enterprises manufacturing plants, where inmates produce highway signs and janitorial products. 

 “We anticipate this initiative will produce remarkable benefits toward the reform of the Nigerian Prison System,” said David Osborne, assistant director of the North Carolina Division of Prisons.

 The first delegation from the Nigerian Prison Service visited last October.  Additional groups are expected to visit in the coming months.

 The project is spearheaded by Dr. Abel Ekpunobi, a native of Nigeria who has worked in corrections and is now CEO at Measurematics, a human informatics company based in Chapel Hill. 

 The prison systems of Nigeria and North Carolina are similar in size.  Nigeria has 144 prisons plus 83 satellite camps with a total population of about 40,444.  North Carolina has 79 prisons with a population of about 39,500.

Nigerian Delegation
Group #2 Agenda

Tuesday May 27

10 a.m. – Greene Correctional Institution - Maury
11 a.m. – Eastern Correctional Institution - Maury
1:30 p.m. – Maury Correctional Institution - Maury

 Wednesday May 28

9:30 a.m. – Franklin Correctional Center and Correction Enterprises Sign Plant - Bunn
1:30 p.m. – Warren Correctional Institution and Janitorial Products Plant - Manson

 Thursday May 29

9 a.m. – Polk Correctional Institution - Butner


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