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 |
CONFIRMATION OF EMMANUEL YAO ADZATOR AS DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF PRISONS
The President, H.E John Dramani Mahama, has in consultation with the members of the Council of State, as enshrined in Article 207 (1) of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, confirmed the appointment of Mr. Emmanuel Yao Adzator as the Director-General of the Ghana Prisons Service with effect from 1st December, 2016. This was contained in a statement dated 13th December, 2016, and signed by Mr. Julius Debrah, Chief of Staff. Mr. Emmanuel Yao Adzator, prior to his confirmation, has been in Acting position of the Service since 1st February, 2016.
He was born on 1st July 1963, and enlisted into the Service on 1st April 1989. He rose through the ranks to his current position. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Ghana, a Certificate in Human Resource Management from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), a Certificate in New Approaches to Prison Management and Rehabilitation from Galilee International Management Institute in Israel, and many other international and local leadership certificates.
He has held many Prisons leadership positions and worked in various Prisons establishments countrywide. He was the Deputy Director-General of Prisons in charge of Finance and Administration, the Director of Prisons in Charge of Operations, Ashanti Regional Commander, Second in Command of the Nsawam Medium Security Prison, Officer-In Charge of the Obuasi Local Prison, General Staff Officer as well as the Criminal Records Officer at the Prisons Headquarters. Mr. Adzator has also served with the United Nations Mission in Darfur, (UNAMID) as a Corrections Advisor to the National Prisons Service at El Fasher-Darfur Sudan.
The Ghana Prisons Service wishes to announce for the information of the general public that it is in search of the officer whose photograph appears above, No. 8371, Sergeant Samuel Nii Addy, who absconded at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, United States of America, while returning to Ghana after an official duty at West Virginia. He was enlisted into the Service on 15th March, 2002, and was last stationed at the Obuasi Local Prison in the Ashanti Region. He was born on 9th May, 1981, at Effiduase near Koforidua in the Eastern Region. He is a Ga from Adabraka in the Greater Accra Region. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should contact the Prisons Headquarters on telephone numbers 0302777830/0302777052/0302760093, or the nearest Prisons establishment or Police Station for a handsome reward.
Prisons Service Cautions Officers Against Politicking
The Ghana Prison Service has cautioned its men and women in uniform to stay off any form of political activities in the build up to the December, 2016 polls.
Officers have been reminded of the Services exclusive allegiance to the state which debars them from engaging in partisan politics.
A circular signed by the Director incharge of Operations, SKB Rabbles, states:
“It is improper for any officer to engage in activities that have political connotations, whether within or outside official duty and that which is likely to implicate that person in some political controversy”.
The circular also made references to sections 16(d) of Prison Service Act, 1972 of NRCD, and Regulation 6 of the Service Regulations, 2016 (CI.93) on staff discipline, which enjoin prison staff to refrain from such activities.‟
It continued, “Officers should give no cause to be disciplined by consciously or uncoriciously going against the dictates of this circular”, the statement warned.
In an interview with DSP Vitalis Aiyeh, Chief Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Prisons Service, on the circular, he noted, “it has been the practice of the Service to always remind officers to stay within the ambit of the regulations governing the service,” adding that, “this is to ensure that officers are focused on the core business of maintaining security, and nothing else during the period”.
SUSPECTED DRUG NETWORK MEMBER NABBED
A female member of a suspected drug syndicate was arrested on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, at the Sunyani Central Prison with substances suspected to be cocaine. The suspect, a 23 year old ladies’ shoes seller from Berekum who gave her name as Sakina Mustapha, was apprehended at the Sunyani Prison Barracks after she had paid visit to a convict prisoner in custody who is serving ten (10) years in hard labour for narcotic drug offences. Though the demeanour of both convict and visitor appeared normal at the initial stages of the visit, the interaction aroused suspicion at the latter stages and so both of them were put under surveillance.
PRISONS CONGRATULATES GOIL MD
The Acting Director-General of Prisons, Mr. Emmanuel Yao Adzator, has presented a Citation to the Managing Director of Ghana Oil Company Limited (GOIL), Mr. Patrick Akpe Kwame Akorli, to congratulate him for being adjudged the Marketing Man of the year 2015 at the 27th Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) Awards. Presenting the Citation on behalf of the Service at the GOIL office at Cantonments in Accra recently, Mr. Adzator said it was appropriate for Prisons as a loyal customer of GOIL to send felicitations to Mr. Akorli for his achievements.
PROJECT ‘EFIASE’ GETS MORE SUPPORT
Adjei Outreach Ministries, a religious organization
based in Texas, United States of America, has made a
cheque donation of GH₵5,000.00 to Project
‘Efiase’ of the Ghana Prisons Service to
support the upkeep of inmates.
PRISON LADIES DONATE TO ACCRA PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL
The Prison Ladies Association (PRILAS) of the Ghana Prisons Service has as part of activities marking their 10th Anniversary Celebration, donated items worth Five Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH₵5,000.00) to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital. Presenting the items at the hospital premises recently, the national president of the Association and Director of Prisons (DOP) in charge of Welfare, Mrs. Josephine Fredua-Agyemang, said as a women’s group, they were passionate about the welfare of the less privileged, and the donation was meant to bring some relief to the patients of the hospital.
MINISTER URGES PRISONS LADIES TO WORK HARD
The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Honourable Nana Oye Lithur, has called on female prison officers to rise up and take advantage of the enabling legal and policy environment created by government to work hard to achieve excellence as reformers. She said this during the official launch of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Prison Ladies Association (PRILAS) on the theme, “Celebrating a Proud Past: Empowering the Female Prison Officer for Excellence”, at the Prisons Headquarters at Cantonments in Accra recently.
TWO WOMEN NABBED AT PRISON GATE
The security officers at the gate of the Ankaful Maximum Security Prison in the Central Region have arrested two female visitors, Madina Sadat and Akosua Attah, who attempted to smuggle prohibited articles, eight mobile phones and their accessories, hidden under their wigs into the prison yard for a convict prisoner (CP) Sadat Mohammed, serving 70 years in hard labour.
Prisoners Acquire Skills in Textile and Soap Making
In order to equip prison inmates with vocational skills to make them useful to themselves and the society after their incarceration, the Ghana Prisons Service in collaboration with the Living on Concerned Environmental Knowledge (LOCEK), a non- governmental organization, has organized a two months skills training in liquid soap production and Batik Tie and Dye making for thirty (30) inmates of the Akuse male and female prisons.
PRISONERS EXCELL IN WASSCE
Four convict prisoners of the Sunyani Central Prison in the Brong Ahafo Region who sat for the November December 2015/16 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) have passed in all five subjects they were registered in. According to the Prisons Public Relations Officer of the Brong Ahafo Region, Assistant Superintendent of Prisons (ASP) Vincent Ziniel, Convict Prisoner (CP) Dennis Kwadwo Nyatse had grade A1 in Social Studies, A1 in Business Management, A1 in Financial Accounting, A1 in Cost Accounting, and A1 in Economics.
PRISONS MODULE THREE OF YEA PASS OUT
Four hundred and ninety-eight participants of the Prisons Module Three under the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), have passed out as Prisons Support Staff (PSS) to offer basic assistance to the Prisons Service in its bid to reform, rehabilitate, and ensure the safe custody and welfare of prison inmates. Reviewing the parade at the Prisons Officers’ Training School at Roman Ridge in Accra recently, the Deputy Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Honourable Baba Jamal Mohammed Ahmed, was delighted for the colourful display of drill skills on the parade, and noted that, “with the level of knowledge and discipline you have exhibited today, we are convinced you will exhibit same on the field by working hard to make us more proud”.
PRISONS LADIES URGED TO ACHIEVE EXCELLENCE
The National President of the Prisons Ladies’ Association (PRILAS), Madam Josephine Fredua-Agyemang (Mrs.), has called on female Prisons officers to work hard, and upgrade themselves appropriately to achieve excellence and support the Service to effectively deliver on its mandate. Madam Josephine, who is also the Director of Prison (DOP) in charge of Welfare, advised female officers during an Inter-regional fun games competition between the Greater Accra and the Eastern Region ladies at the Nsawam Prisons Park recently.
PRISONS FEMALE HANDBALL TEAM ARE 2016 KNOCKOUT CHAMPIONS
Female Handball Team of the Ghana Prisons Service have
emerged champions of the 2016 Greater Accra Handball
Knockout Competition by beating their Police counterparts in
a fierce final battle at the Prisons Sports Complex at
Cantonments in Accra recently.
COMMANDING OFFICER OF PRISONS HEADQUARTERS PULLED OUT
Deputy Director of Prisons (DDP) William Ofori-Anoff, the Commanding Officer of the Prisons Headquarters, has been pulled out of the Service for serving for almost thirty years, and proceeding on compulsory retirement. In a pull out ceremony organized in his honour at the Prisons Headquarters at Cantonments in Accra recently, DDP Ofori-Anoff was grateful to the Acting Director-General of Prisons, Mr. Emmanuel Yao Adzator, and the entire members of the Service for the honour done him. He assured the officers that, “I have started my pension, but I am not gone yet. My doors are still open, and I will be ready to offer my assistance whenever I am consulted”.
“WORK HARD TO MAKE US PROUD”…YEA BOSS TELLS PRISONS SUPPORT STAFF
The Chief Executive Officer of the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), Mr. Kobina Beecham, has entreated five hundred graduating course participants of the Prisons Module Course Two to work hard as Prisons Support Staff to make their five weeks training worthwhile, and also make the Youth Employment Agency Proud.
PRISONS TO EXPAND INFRASTRUCTURE IN ASHANTI
The Acting Director General of Prisons, Mr. Emmanuel Yao Adzator, has disclosed that the Ghana Prisons Service is to reopen its Kokofu Prison, and establish a new settlement camp prison at Ejura in the Ashanti Region, with the view of expanding the Service’s agricultural activities to improve food production in the country, create space for reformation and rehabilitation, and decongest the densely populated prisons.
NSAWAM PRISONS BID DOP. SKB. RABBLES FAREWELL
It was all joy and glamour when both officers and inmates of the Nsawam Medium Security Prison came together to celebrate the works of the Director of Prisons Sylvester Kojo Badu Rabbles at the Nsawam Medium Security Prison on Thursday. DOP. Rabbles, prior to his elevation to the high office of Director of Prisons, was the immediate past Eastern Regional Prisons Commander and Officer-In-Charge of the Nsawam Medium Security Prison.
PRISONS TO SUPPORT POLICE ON WAPIS
The Acting Director-General of Prisons, Emmanuel Yao Adzator, has pledged his readiness to collaborate with the Ghana Police Service by providing relevant information on prison inmates to the Police Service in support of the West African Police Information System (WAPIS) to enhance effective monitoring and control of criminals within the West African sub-region. Mr. Adzator made the pledge during a courtesy call on him by the Inspector-General of Police, John Kudalor, at the Prisons Headquarters at Cantonments in Accra to deliberate on pertinent issues towards the effectiveness of WAPIS.
SALAGA PRISON TO GET BOREHOLE WATER
The Jubilee Christian Ministry International, London, as part of its humanitarian activities, has donated an amount of Fourteen Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH₵14,000.00) to the Ghana Prisons Service for sinking a mechanized borehole at the Salaga Local Prison in the Northern Region to help boost water supply, and improve the health of prison inmates. The amount, which represents Eighty Percent (80%) of the total construction cost of Eighteen Thousand Ghana Cedis (GH₵18,000.00), was presented in cheque on behalf of the London church by Reverend Seth Baah Agyekum to the Prisons Administration at the Prisons Headquarters in Accra.
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.