Judges must reform sentencing to decongest prisons—Deputy AG designate

Dr. Dominic Ayine is Deputy Attorney-General and Minister of Justice designate.

Dr. Dominic Ayine is Deputy Attorney-General and Minister of Justice designate.






Deputy Attorney-General and Minister of Justice designate Dr. Dominic Ayine wants Judges to introduce innovative ways in their sentencing to reduce congestion in the country’s prisons.

Answering questions during his vetting at the Appointments Committee of Parliament he expressed worry about the situation where people are remanded in prison for minor offences. This he said adds undue strain to the prisons.

Dr. Ayine, who is also the MP for Bolgatanga East, told the Appointments Committee the country must begin to fashion out guidelines to implement noncustodial sentences in the long term to address congestion in the prisons.

“Also the refusal of bail in certain cases when there is no factual or evidential basis for refusing bail is also another problem”, he said.

The Appointments Committee of Parliament sat Wednesday 10th April to begin vetting deputy ministers designate who have been nominated by President John Mahama.

Though the House is on recess the Committee has decided to sit to finish up with the remaining nominees to complement the work of the substantive ministers in order to facilitate government projects.


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