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Ghana Prisons Service Get 21 Mechanized Bole Holes

Government has provided a total of 21 mechanised water supply systems to the Ghana Prisons Service to help alleviate the challenges faced by the Service in the provision of water for drinking, Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has announced.

In addition, two new hand pumps each were installed on existing boreholes at the Nsawam Medium Security Male and Female Prisons while five existing boreholes have been completely re-mechanized.

One fabricated steel tank stand and eighteen steel reinforced concrete pad and boreholes chambers have also been constructed.

Beneficiary facilities are; the Forifori Camp Prison, Ankaful Camp Prison, Ankaful Maximum Prison, Ekuasi Local Camp Prison, Hiawa Camp Prison, Ahinsan Camp Prison, Ejura Camp Prison, Kumasi Central Prison, Duayaw Nkwanta Camp Prison, Kenyasi Camp Prison, Wa Central Prison, Navrongo Central Prison, Bawku Local Prison, Gambaga Local Prison, Salaga Prison, Kete Krachi Local Prison, Ho Prison (Female), Ho Prison (Male), Nsawam Prison (Female), Nsawam Prison (Female) and Koforidua Prison.

There are a total of 15,063 prisoners at the end of September 2018 against authorised capacity of 9,875 of all prisons in the country, with a corresponding general overcrowding rate of 52.5.

Some of the interventions as ‘Justice For All,’ which has drastically reduced the pre-trail (remand) population from 30 per cent at its inception in 2007 to 13 per cent in 2018, thereby ensuring the expeditious disposal of prolonged pre-trail cases.

landmark ruling by the Supreme Court in 2016, which made non-bailable offences like, murder, rape, defilement, and possession of narcotics now bailable offences, which has contributed to further reduction in remand population.

Source: Kofi Atakora/BrytFM/

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