Ghana and Newcastle United winger, Christian Atsu, has made the news again for paying up the fines that led to the release of prison inmates who could not cough up what the courts threw at them.
Ghana winger, Christian Atsu, in collaboration with the social justice activism group, Crime Check Foundation (CCF), have again worked on freeing another batch of inmates from the James Camp Prison who were jailed for petty crimes.
Atsu and CCF usually go to the rescue of minor offenders who owe the justice system fines. In other cases, as reported by Celebritiesbuzz.com.gh, they focus on ‘victims of circumstances’ by getting them legal representation.
In a Facebook post to announce the good work, head of CCF, Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng wrote: "WE AIDED THE RELEASE OF ANOTHER TWELVE FROM JAMES CAMP PRISON
As usual, their charges are familiar …. Stealing of banana, corn dough, fighting, debt, etc. Much as such petty crimes should not be condoned, what is the sense in putting the offenders behind bars and feeding them with the tax payers money.
A person could not pay a court fine of three hundred cedis, so you put him in jail for three years and feed him? Calculate the cost involved in feeding him for three years against the court fine. Just don’t know what is preventing Parliament from passing the Non-Custodial Sentencing Bill into law. These guys should be made to work!"
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