UK Gov’t Invests GH₵3.5m Into Decongesting Ghana’s Prisons

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Iain Walker British High Commissioner

The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Ian Walker, has stated that the UK government is committed to Ghana’s drive towards criminal justice reforms. He said this at a handing over ceremony of a refurbished clinic at the Nsawam Medium Security Prison on Friday.

The project forms part of the British Government’s investment of about GH₵3.5 million to support the Ghana Prisons Service Transformation Project. The support, has over the past five years, resulted in diverse gains by Ghana’s prisons system.

These include the renovation and refurbishment of medical facilities of the Nsawam Medium Security Prison; provision of laboratory and medical equipment to the Nsawam Medium Security Prison; refurbishment of the High Court facility at Nsawam Medium Security Prison; provision of two (2) 33-seater buses for the Ghana Prisons Service. Others include the renovation of selected ancillary facilities at the Ankaful Main Camp and Annex Prisons, and capacity building of Prisons staff in the areas of screening, classification and professional handling of prisoners in modern correctional practice.

Ian Walker mentioned that the aim of the British High Commission is to assist the Ghana Prisons Service to reduce congestion in prisons, improve the healthcare of inmates and create an environment that supports inmate rehabilitation and reformation.

The Director-General of Prisons, Mr Patrick Darko Missah, commended the British High Commission for the intervention and stated that, apart from the over three thousand/3000 inmates who are assured of improved healthcare services, officers and their dependents, as well as inhabitants of surrounding communities, stand to benefit from the clinic’s services.

Mr Missah acknowledged the general improvement in prisoner management across the country’s prisons which he attributed to training programmes organised by the High Commission for a cross-section of officers on best practices in prison management over the period. It was his hope that the gesture would be the beginning of more collaborations between the High Commission and the Prisons Service as they strive to make society safer.

Source: myjoyonline

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