Kumasi prisoners live on 1.80 pesewas a day

Kumasi prisoners live on 1.80 pesewas a day

- Authorities at the Kumasi Central Prisons are lamenting over the poor quality of life there

- Media checks show that prisoners at Kumasi prisons live on 1.80 pesewas daily

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The standard of living of prison inmates at the Kumasi Central Prisons is nothing to write home about as the spokesperson of the prisons service, Richard Bukari, has shown that inmate s are living on a daily stipend of 1.80 pesewas.

Investigations by Today’s Newspaper show that these inmates, who number in their hundreds, “are living by the grace of God” as “1,600 inmates get piled up in cells like sardines”.

The actual number of inmates the cell is expected to accommodate is 450 but authorities say the increasing number of crimes across the Ashanti region.

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These concerns raised by the spokesperson of the Kumasi Prisons Service replicates across various prisons in Ghana as an earlier documentary by Joy FM’s Seth Kwame Boateng titled “Locked and Forgotten” revealed that thousands of prison inmates in Ghana today are currently under remand waiting to have their cases heard at the courts.

This rare video of the Kumasi prisons will make you shudder:

So far, the judiciary service has initiated a “Justice for all” programme aimed at clearing the prisons of prisoners under remand.

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But despite these troubling remarks about Ghana’s prisons service, the country is yet to be named as part of the countries with the worst prison conditions in the world.

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