A new report from the Ghana Prisons Services suggests that there is a slightly higher amount of convicted criminals in Ghana than the system can handle.
According to the revelation by the state body, the Ghana Prisons Service is currently overcrowded by 3,810 prisoners. This would thus mean, out of the 43 prisons in the country are to hold a total of 9,875 prisoners, they are being filled with 13,685 prisoners.
According to the report, these criminals were made up of only 11,390 who had been convicted of their various crimes and 2,295 on remand. Out of the total number,189 are females.
The information was disclosed by the acting Director General of the Ghana Prison Service, Mr Emmanuel Adzator, at the launch of the 10th anniversary of the Prison Ladies Association Service (PRILAS) in Accra.
The one-week celebration is on the theme: “Celebrating a proud past: empowering the female prison officer for excellence”.
Mr Adzator also pointed out another disturbing fact that 86 per cent of the convicts is aged between 18 and 45, making the prisoner population predominately youthful.
“The situation required of us to provide opportunities for the self-enhancement of the able-bodied men and women in custody,” he stated.