The project includes the conduct of local and national surveys on crime, victimization, policing, public safety and governance in Nigeria in order to provide complimentary sources of information for policy makers and other interested stakeholders.
LAGOS STATE CRIME AND SAFETY SURVEY
The Lagos State Crime and Safety Survey was carried out in collaboration with the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) to complement its efforts in improving public safety and security in the state. LSSTF has mobilized over $20m which has made a remarkable difference in providing necessary logistics needed by law enofrcement and security agencies in the state, especially the police, in responding to distress calls by the citizens and in patrolling neighbourhoods ravaged by crime and criminality. The collaboration to conduct the survey was therefore an effort to generate reliable public information on such issues as crime and disorder levels, areas most affected, public attitude to the police and other justice institutions, which could LSSTF and other institutions of the justice system in planning and effective utilization of their resources in areas of most need.
NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMIZATION AND SAFETY SURVEY
On Tuesday, 29th June, 2010, the research and planning program of CLEEN made public the findings of its National Crime and Safety Survey for the year 2010. The survey, supported by the MacArthur Foundation was is designed to compliment official statistics on crime by capturing crime and victimization experiences of members of the public. It also goes further to obtain the opinion of Nigerians on policing and law enforcement agencies while also touching on more subtle issues like corruption and trust in public officials. New features found in the survey for 2010 is the introduction of a new section on road safety meant to provide additional source of information on accidents and other relevant issues. Another new section introduced was on state governance which allowed members of the public assess the performance of their state government in crime control and responsiveness among other areas. The full report of the study is currently being written by a group of academics from federal universities across the country and would be finalised in the last quarter of the year.
HARVARD JUSTICE INDICATORS RESEARCH
Also ongoing in CLEEN’s research programs is the collaborative effort of Harvard Kennedy School, The Lagos State Ministry of Justice and the CLEEN Foundation in developing indicators with which progress in the justice sector can be assessed. The study focused on the prevailing issue of awaiting trial population in the prisons and data collection tools have been developed to track specific issues which lead to this problem. In a workshop organised by the State Ministry of Justice to present the preliminary findings of the study, it was highlighted that the different arms of the criminal justice system had tendencies to cause delays in processes which lead to a backlog of these awaiting trial inmates and suggestions made on the ways forward.