Eighty-six per cent of the 11,390 convicts in the country’s prisons are youth aged between 18 and 45 years.
The Director-General of the Ghana Prison Service, Mr. Emmanuel Yao Adzator, who revealed this yesterday, lamented the alarming number of young people in prisons.
He was speaking at the launch of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Prison Ladies Association (PRILAS) in Accra, yesterday on the theme “Celebrating a proud past, empowering the female prison officer for excellence”.
Mr. Adzator said 13,685 prisoners, including 189 females were in country’s prisons as of October 3, this year, with 2,295 of them on remand.
He commended members of the association for assisting inmates in the country.
The Minster of Gender Children and Social Protection, Nana Oye Lithur, who launched the programme, said it was imperative for the country to invest in the empowerment of female prison officers, by building their capacity.
She said empowerment of female prison officers would depend on commitment from government to create enabling environment to give them equal opportunities to thrive.
Mrs. Lithur stated that the Affirmative Action Bill had been approved by Cabinet, adding that when passed by Parliament it would promote the full and active participation of women in public life.
The Minister said the National Gender Policy was launched last year to mainstream gender equality concerns into national development process by improving the social, legal, civic, political, economic and socio-cultural conditions of the citizenry.
The national president of PRISLA, Director of Prisons (DOP) Josephine Fredua Agyemang, said the association had established the Correction Reforms Platform to solicit funding to support the inmates.
Highlights of the celebration include health walk, lectures, donation to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital and health talk on cervical cancer.
By Anita Nyarko –Yirenkyi