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General News of Friday, 27 March 2020

Source: rainbowradioonline.com

Accept and assist pardoned prisoners reintegrate - Prisons


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The Ghana Prisons Service has appealed to Ghanaians to accept and assist the inmates granted amnesty by President Akufo-Addo.

Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Service, Courage Astem bemoaned the discrimination and exclusion of ex-convicts.

Such acts he lamented deprive these persons the opportunity to reintegrate.

Courage Astem in an interview on Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said the pardoned prisoners need our support and assistance to reintegrate.

He said the inmates released are qualified persons by the criteria used and do not pose a threat to society.

A lot of diligence he explained went into the selection considering the fact that the president and the service were mindful of the threats.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has granted amnesty to some 808 prisoners.

They include 783 first-time offenders, who have served half of their sentences, 11 seriously ill and very old prisoners.

Seven (7) prisoners who have been sentenced to death, had their sentence converted into a life sentence.

The pardon was issued on the recommendation of the Prisons Service Council in consultation with the Council of State, a statement issued Thursday by the Director-General of Prisons, Patrick Darko Missah, has said.

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