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New Patriotic Party (NPP) leader Nana Akufo-Addo speaks during a meeting to contest the presidential election results, at Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra December 11, 2012. REUTERS/Luc Gnago

NGO charges Akuffo Adoo on Ghana prisons reform

Crime Check Foundation, CCF, a prisons crime prevention advocacy Ngo has congratulated President-Elect, Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo for his resounding victory in the 2016 election. In a statement, its Executive Director Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng, who is also the Ambassador Extraordinaire of Ghana Prisons says the organization hopes the tenure of President Akuffo Addo will witness a massive transformation of the Prisons Service which have over the years suffered from infrastructural neglect and other facilities that could transform the Service as a purely correctional institution to enable it deliver on its vision.

The statement also cites massive congestion across the country’s Prisons, lack of proper classification of prisoners, wrongful incarceration of innocent people because of shoddy police investigations, lack of access to legal counsel by prisoners to facilitate appeal processes among others as some of the problems it believes have dented the human rights record of the country.
As a signatory to many international treaties and conventions on human rights, CCF finds it appalling that such infractions of the law in the country’s Prisons continue to gain roots in Ghana’s Prisons.

The Foundation hopes that as an astute lawyer with a tall record of fighting human rights violations in the country, President Akuffo Addo will seek to address these infractions.

It also urges the incoming administration to make the welfare of Prison officers a priority, especially the provision of better housing facilities to enable them discharge their duties professionally.

The Foundation says it is following with keen interest, the NPP’s manifesto promise to build two Prison hospitals in ……. and hopes it delivers on its promise.
It hopes the Efiase Project initiated by the Prison Service Council receives the needed support to enable it achieve its ten year strategic plan of transforming the Prisons

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