Mahama frees 896 prisoners

Mahama frees 896 prisoners

President John Dramani Mahama has granted amnesty to 896 prisoners.

It was done in commemoration of the 56th republican anniversary of the country, according to a statement issued by the presidency.

The freed prisoners are in the following categories:

First offenders – 813

Seriously ill – 16

Aged 70 years and above – 63

Special case (double amputee) – 1

Death row commuted to life imprisonment – 3

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The move is expected to help free up Ghana's prisons which are known to be overcrowded.

The chairman of the prisons council, Pastor Stephen Wengam has also applauded the move, saying it go a long way to “helping us to categorise and classify the rest of the prisoners per the UN standard”.

In 2015, President Mahama freed 900 prisoners.

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