Prisons Service receives support from Britain

DSC_0005The Ghana Prisons Service yesterday took delivery of two Hyundai seater buses provided by the British government to assist the service to convey inmates to the courts.

Presenting the buses, the British High Commissioner, Mr. John Benjamin said plans were underway to construct courts at Nsawam to aid remand prisoners to go through judicial processes at the same place, adding that it would ease pressure and the risk in transporting prisoners to Accra.

He advised the service to maintain the buses to prolong their lifespan.

The Deputy Minister of the Interior, James Agalga, said in 2014, £480,000 was approved by the British government to the Director General of Prisons to improve the facilities at Nsawam, Ankaful and Sekondi prisons.

“ It is envisaged that the British funding will upgrade the Nsawam Prison Clinic to enable it to provide easy access to health care delivery for over 3,000 prisoners in that facility,’’ he said.

He said a total of GH¢121,633.00) had been released to the Ghana Prisons Service and work had also commenced on the rehabilitation and re-roofing of the clinic.

He expressed his appreciation to the British High Commissioner, for the gesture to resource the Prisons Service.

Mr. Agalga further said that, plans were underway to provide all prison officers with training in intelligence gathering, emergency response, and management of the various categories of incidents.

He said the ministry was reaching out to all stakeholders to find how best to introduce the non-custodial sentencing into the administration of criminal justice to decongest the prisons.

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