Influence of Family Environment on Patterns of Crime Charged among Nigerian Inmates of Correctional Centres in Anambra and Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The Nigerian Correctional Centres is witnessing an enormous increase in people
going into crime despite adverse consequences. The present study studied the influence of family environment on patterns of crime charged among inmates of Anambra and FCT Correctional Centres, Nigeria. The study adopted a cross-sectional survey design and also adopted a purposive sampling technique to select participants for the study. The entire population of inmates in the selected correctional centres was 2,971. Using an online sample size calculator, the calculated sample size was 333. This number was further proportionately distributed but 170 questionnaires that were adequately filled and returned were analysed. One hypothesis was tested using Chi-Square and the result indicated that 98(57.6%) of the inmates were charged with felony crime out of which 58(34.1%) were from adequate family environment and 40(23.5%) were from inadequate family environment. The result also revealed that 72(42.4%) of the inmates were charged with misdemeanour crime, of which 37(21.8%) were from adequate family environment while 35(20.6%) were from inadequate family environment. Generally, the results revealed that 55.9% of the inmates were from adequate family environment while 44.1% were inmates from inadequate family environment. The study concluded among others that family environment influence patterns of crime charged among inmates of the selected correctional centers in Anambra and FCT, Abuja. The study recommended that government through ministry of Humanitarian and Social Development engage and assign professionals: Psychologists, Social workers, Clinical Psychologists and Forensic & Correctional Psychologists to families for need assessment, stress coping skills, rehabilitation and care and support services and as well would provide adequate and functional family environment services training and retraining on interpersonal relations, system maintenance and children’s personal growth and development, among others.
Keywords: Influence, Family environment, Patterns of crime Charged, Nigerian Inmates, Correctional Centres.