The Ashanti Regional Command of the Ghana Prison Service has taken delivery of over 3,000 mattresses to be distributed to prisons in the region.
The mattresses were donated by the government and are part of the supportive initiatives which seek to improve upon life in the nation’s prisons.
They will be distributed to the Kumasi Central Prisons, the Female Prisons, Obuasi Local Prison, Manhyia Prison, Ahinsan and Amanfrom Camp Prisons.
Until the arrival of the mattresses, some prisoners, especially those in remand prisons, slept on blankets.
The major challenge confronting the Ghana Prison Service is congestion, with most prison homes accommodating more than the number of people they are supposed to admit.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic after receiving the package, the Ashanti regional Commander of Prisons, Mr Emmanuel Yao Adjator, commended the Director General of Prisons for her efforts at ensuring that there was an improvement in life in the various prisons in the country.
He also commended the government for its efforts at providing the needs of the service in the form of logistics and other equipment which help them in their day-to-day management of the country’s prisons.
The regional commander called for more of such donations to help improve the living conditions in the various prisons.
Mr Adjator said the prison service would continue to work hard and put in place measures to improve the standard of living of inmates.
“The current reformation measures being implemented by the service are aimed at ensuring that inmates get a holistic reformation,” he added.
That, he said, would ensure that they did not return to prison after the completion of their jail terms.
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