The Ghana Prisons Service as an adjunct of the Criminal Justice System of Ghana contributes to the maintenance of internal security by maintaining of an efficient, humane and safe reformatory penal system operated within the laws of Ghana. We believe in humanity, vigilance, fortitude and integretity while helping in the reintegration of ex-convicts into society. The service comprises forty-five prison establishment located in all the ten regions of Ghana. At the apex is the Prisons Headquarters in the Greater Accra Region which also houses the Director- General of Prisons and his two Deputies, eight Directors of Prisons and other principal office holders. | Read more |
CAPACITY BUILDING FOR PRISON OFFICIALS AND OTHER KEY PLAYERS IN JUSTICE DELIVERY ENDS
A five day capacity building workshop organized and sponsored by the US Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) for a cross section of key players in the Justice Delivery System in Ghana has ended at the US West Africa Regional Training Center (RTC) in Accra. The workshop, which brought together Prison Officers, State Attorneys and Police prosecutors from various parts of Ghana, offered participants an opportunity to discuss the various processes involved in Criminal Justice delivery as well as the adoption of best practices devoid of human rights abuses for replication in Ghana. It also touched on effective collaboration among partners in the justice delivery System.
A graduation ceremony has been held for the inmates of James Camp Prison after eight weeks intensive training under the Peace Education Programme (PEP) organised by the Asomdwee Nsem Association. The PEP is designed to help prisoners discover their inner strength and choice as well as hope, and the possibility of personal peace. The inmates received on-screen (video) tuition in personal development devoid of politics, religion and spirituality.
The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) has donated desktop computers and other assorted electronic equipment to the Ghana Prisons Service as part of its mandate to help promote Information Communication Technology (ICT) education in the Prisons Service.
A one-day seminar on Effective Leadership has been held for Officer-Cadets of Intake 23 at the Prisons Officers’ Training School in Accra, to equip them with leadership skills after passing out from training as Superior Officer Corps.
The Ghana Prisons Service’s efforts at building the capacity of its staff in modern corrections management has received fresh impetus with nine Prison officials set to benefit from a two week training programme at the International Correction Management Training Centre (ICMTC) in Canon City, Colorado from 13th to 27th September, 2015. for prison.
Efforts of the Ghana Prisons Service to become a major national food producer are receiving gradual attention from interested groups with the Chiefs and Elders of Kokofu and Ejura in the Ashanti Region being the latest to register their support. This was revealed during discussions between the management of Prisons Service and the chiefs and elders of Kokofu in the Bekwai Municipality of the Ashanti Region, regarding the reopening of the Kokofu Prisons which has been abandoned for some time now to be refurbished and used as a Settlement Camp Prison for commercial farming.
The Minister of Agriculture Hon. Fifi Fiavi Kwetey has pledged his unflinching support to the management of the Ghana Prisons Service in its quest to expand prisons farms for commercial farming. Addressing a delegation of members of the Prisons Service Council and other high ranking officials during a courtesy call paid on him at the Ministry’s Conference room, Hon. Kwetey who is also the Member of Parliament for Ketu South noted that, a collaboration between the Ministry and the Ghana Prisons Service will go a long way to improve food production in Ghana as well as equip prison inmates with the necessary skills needed for food production to enable them live sustainable lives when they are discharged from the prison.
The Prisons Service Council and members of the Directorate have paid a courtesy call on the management team of EPP Books Services to establish partnership in support of the on-going reforms in the country’s prisons.
Project ‘Efiase’, an initiative of the Prisons Service Council, was launched on 30th June, 2015. ‘Efiase’ is an Akan word for prison.
The Lebanese Community in Ghana has awarded 9 scholarship packages to wards of Prison officers who lost their lives in the line of duty either locally or during UN Peacekeeping Missions at a ceremony held at the National Police Headquarters, in Accra.
The event was in fulfillment of a pledge made by the Lebanese Ambassador in Ghana, His Excellency Ali Halabi, on behalf of the Lebanese Community in Ghana to...
A high court has been setup at the Nsawam Medium Security Prison in the Eastern Region of Ghana to help with the speedy trial of cases especially that of remand prisoners.
The court, which was funded by the British High Commission in Ghana, is intended to resolve the persistent challenge of remand prisoners unduly kept in cells without trial and also relieve...
President John Dramani Mahama has launched a 10-year strategic plan to transform the country’s prisons, with a
pledge to increase the budgetary allocation to the Ghana Prisons Service in next year's budget.
The strategic plan, along with a fundraising campaign being run by the Prisons Service, known as the Project Efiase, is expected to improve the welfare of prisoners and prison officers.
To mark this year’s Republic Day, His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama, acting in consultation with the Council of State and in the exercise of his Prerogative of Mercy and in accordance with Article 72 of the 1992 Constitution, has granted Presidential Amnesty to Nine Hundred (900) prisoners drawn from prisons across the country.
The Prisons Service Council has held a durbar for Regional Commanders, Officers-in Charge, schedule heads and other ranks of the Ghana Prisons Service at the Prisons Interdenominational Church, to brief them on the soon to be launched ‘Efiase Project’ and a 10 year development plan of the Ghana Prisons Service.
In a bid to counteract the riotous and mischievous behavior of some Prison inmates in their care as well as arresting the challenge of deviant officers, the Prisons Service in collaboration with the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), has successfully trained 90 prison officers in a series of Basic Intelligence Course organized at the Prisons Officers’ Training School (POTS), in Accra.
The leadership of Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG), a non-governmental organisation, has paid a courtesy call on the Director-General of Prisons at the Prisons Headquarters to deliberate on issues concerning the health of prisoners in the country.
The Ghana Prisons Service Council has paid a courtesy call on His Excellency John Dramani Mahama at the Flagstaff House to update the presidency on measures adopted in addressing the challenges of the country’s prisons. The Council also unveiled plans for the launch of ‘Efiase’ project, and a ten-year strategic development plan for the Prisons Service.
The chairman of the Prisons Service Council, Rev. Dr. Stephen Wengam has declared his intentions of inproving the living conditions of inmates in all prison facilities in the country. This desire was fueled by the appaling conditions witnessed by the council when they embacked on a working visit to the prison facilities arround the country.