COVID-19: 808 prisoners granted Amnesty

President Akufo-Addo has granted amnesty 808 deserving prisoners as part o0f measures to decongest our prisons in the face of the outbreak of coronavirus.

The amnesty granted was upon the recommendation of the Prisons Service Council and in consultation with the Council of State.

The categories of convicts affected include first time offenders, seriously ill persons, inmates on death row to be commuted to life imprisonment, inmates serving a life sentence to have a sentence commuted to 20 years definite term and very old prisoners who are 70 years and above.

Director-General of the Prisons Service Patrick Darko Missah in a statement said the first time offenders totalling 783 who have served half of their sentences, eleven, seriously ill prisoners, and three aged (very old) prisoners are to be released outright. However, seven prisoners on death row would have their sentences commuted to life imprisonment; while four prisoners serving [a] life sentence will be commuted to 20 years definite term.”


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