Ghana considers introducing non-custodial sentences
Ghanaian Vice President (VP) Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia, has revealed that his administration was making plans to indroduce non-custodial sentences to help reduce congestion in the various prisons across the country.
Judges will be given the option of giving such sentences to also help reduce human rights abuses recorded in the prions.
He made this known when he inaugurated the Prisons Council in Accra on Tuesday.
The VP who is also the chairman of the council, urged them to champion the implementation of the non-custodial as that was the focus of this government.
Dr. Bawumia noted that the Justice for All Programme, introduced to check unlawful detention of suspects in the prisons, which sometimes span more than the madated sentences, has brought relief to the various prisons and commended the Judicial Service for supporting the initiative.
Ghana has been bedeviled by congestion at the various prisons, thereby catching the attention of some human rights groups to expose overcrowding in the various prisons.