- Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Prisons Service, DSP Daniel Machator, has revealed that remand prisoners go through a lot during their period of sentence.
- He said the prisoners endure a lot of struggles in addition to their long sentences
-He noted how most of them were coerced to succumb to sexual advances
DSP Daniel Machator of the Ghana Prisons Service has said that prisoners in addition to their months, weeks and years of serving time in the various prisons across the country, endure a lot of harsh realities.
He noted how prisoners were ‘forced’ to succumb to have sexual relations with their colleague prisoners who may be ‘hardcore’ and in more 'top' positions.
A recent research conducted indicates that overcrowding in Ghana’s prison facilities stand at 52.87% with 15,203 prisoners struggling for 9,945 spaces.
According to the research, the condition makes it difficult for the prison administrators to separate low-risk prisoners from the hardened ones.
As a result, a lot of the prisoners were always in a state of deprivation of space and sufficient food, which put them on a battle ground of survival. The well-to-do and hardened prisoners are usually at the peak of the survival triangle, while the financially-handicapped and soft prisoners are susceptible to unorthodox ways to survive.
DSP Machator explained that, others who were at a more advantageous position in terms of finances, lured their inmates with monies, provisions and the like and in return for sexual favours.
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