COVID-19: Free prisoners who are not a threat to society – Sosu to government

COVID-19: Free prisoners who are not a threat to society – Sosu to government

- A human rights lawyer is calling on government to decongest prisons across the country

- Francis Xavier Sosu said the action would help curtail the spread of the COVID-19

- His call comes after the BBC reported that Iran had temporarily released more than 54,000 prisoners

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A human rights lawyer Francis Xavier Sosu has called on the government to decongest prisons across the country.

This he said would help to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 among the prisoners.

Sosu in a statement said only prisoners who were not a threat to society, as well as those serving low sentences, should be freed.

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His call comes after the BBC reported that Iran had temporarily released more than 54,000 prisoners in an effort to combat the virus.

Sosu asked if a similar measure could be taken to help in the fight of the disease in Ghana.

He stated that about 52.87% of Ghana prisons were overpopulated across the 44 prison stations and currently housing over 15,203 inmates.

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In a bid to contain the coronavirus pandemic, President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo in a Facebook live video announced that all public and private schools including universities are from March 16, 2020 suspended for the next four weeks.

Also, all public gatherings have been suspended for the next four weeks as part measures to control the spread of coronavirus.

Church services, conferences, public funerals, political rallies, and all other public gatherings are also suspended.

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