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A SCARS Editorial About The Impact Of Short Prison Sentences In Nigeria



Most Victims Complain About The Length Of Jail Sentences In Nigeria For Scamming

Some scammers are given just a month in jail. Does that seem fair?

This is a criticism based upon ignorance that we hope to correct.

First, Remember That In Nigeria Arrests Have Gone From Less Than 50 A Year To More Than 60 Per Week In Just TWO YEARS!

This is happening because of organization and new approaches for identifying real scammers on the ground – this includes both a new way of spotting scammers online and the police are now willing to look at the behaviorBehavior   Behavior / Behavioral Actions Otherwise known as habits, behavior or behavioral actions are strategies to help prevent online exploitation that target behavior, such as social engineering of victims. Changing your behavior is the ONLY effective means to reduce or prevent scams. of scammers to identify them. Once they see scamming behavior (such as unaccounted for wealth) they are now willing to act.

Second, Most Of You Do Not Know What Nigerian Jails Are Like

Just look at our article ( to see what it is really like. What would you be like if you spent even a day in a Nigerian Prison? It is a thousand times worse than prisons in North America or Europe.

Third, A Convicted Felon Will Not So Easily Be Able To Return To Scamming

This is because they will always be subject to observation and raids on demand. This does not stop them, but it means they are a risk to scammers that have not yet been caught.

Lastly, It Is Important To Remember That The Scammers Lose Everything When Arrested, And Everything Their Families Have Too

The government takes everything that could have been bought or paid for by criminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. activity – this will include the homes of family members too – everyone goes out on the street.

When they come out they are penniless with no home, no money. They will never get a passport, a visa, or a real job.

Though Ironically This Does Force Them To Go Right Back To Scamming – If Someone Will Back Them

But Here Is The Irony

If they were caught it means they were dumb and showed off their money. They made themselves a target of the police. The professional cartels do not want such people.

So regardless of how much time, they come out broken and penniless, and the only life in front of them is being on the street unless they get picked up by a gangGang A gang is normally a group or society of associated criminals with a defined leadership and internal organization that identifies with or claims control over a territory or business practice in a community and engages, either individually or collectively, in illegal, and possibly violent, behavior. Online gangs are not limited by territory and may operate side by side with other gangs while engaging in crime online. Some members of criminal gangs are initiated (by going through a process of initiation), or have to prove their loyalty and right to belong by committing certain acts, usually theft or violence, or rituals. Gangs are usually rougher and more visible than scammer cartels, and more often arrested..
The problem is that sentences in Nigeria (just like Europe and North America) do not deter criminals. Just like victims, they believe it will never happen to them until it does, and then they have to live with their situation.

In The End, There Is No Easy Answer

When scammers are caught – it changes their prospects.

We have limited data on the numbers that return to scamming, but we believe it to be close to 60%, similar to what happens with the general criminal populations in Europe and North America.

The length of the sentence in Nigeria seems to have no affect on who returns to scamming or does not.

But consider what the statistics are for the United States:

  • Bureau of Justice Statistics studies have found high rates of recidivism among released prisoners. One study tracked 404,638 prisoners in 30 states after their release from prison in 2005. The researchers found that:
  • Within three years of release, about two-thirds (67.8 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested.
  • Within five years of release, about three-quarters (76.6 percent) of released prisoners were rearrested.
  • Of those prisoners who were rearrested, more than half (56.7 percent) were arrested by the end of the first year.
  • Property offenders were the most likely to be rearrested, with 82.1 percent of released property offenders arrested for a new crime compared with 76.9 percent of drug offenders, 73.6 percent of public order offenders and 71.3 percent of violent offenders.
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