23 more remand prisoners freed after moving Joy News documentary


About 23 remand prisoners at the Nsawam Prison who were set free last Friday are set to reunite with their families Monday.

They were set free by six Justices who took the Justice for All Programme to the prison last Friday, after many years in confinement.

The Justice for All Programme (J4A) is funded by the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID).

The initiative works with many stakeholders in the justice delivery system to support reformation of the sector.

The programme focuses on building the capacity, accountability and responsiveness of key policing, justice and anti-corruption institutions.

Deputy Director of Nsawam Prisons Sylverster Rabbles told Joy News the final documentation and the relevant processes to secure the release of the 23 remand prisoners would be expedited to enable them walk free today.

“We have already spoken with the police representatives and they are coming with their equipment to take their photographs and finger-print impressions. So Monday by close of day, we would have released the 23 of them”, Mr Rabbles told Joy News’ Seth Kwame Boateng.

18 remand prisoners in the Koforidua Prison were also freed under the initiative two weeks ago.

Joy News’ documentary “Locked and Forgotten” has played a critical role in securing the releases of the prisoners.

The documentary which recounted the deplorable and inhumane conditions at the country’s incarceration centres moved the Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, to deal with the remand crisis in Ghana’s prisons.

The Chief Justice after watching the programme directed all judges in the country to take a tour of the country’s prisons to appreciate the conditions at the detention centres.

Some of the judges who visited the centres were drawn to tears after the visits.

J4A also supports policing, justice and anti-graft institutions to work together, alongside civil society and oversight institutions, as part of a coherent, coordinated sector.


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