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 |
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.
PRISONS SPORTS PERSONNEL UNDERGO FIRST AID TRAINING
The Red Cross Society of Ghana in collaboration with the Ghana Prisons Service has organized a one day training in First Aid for hundred (100) sportsmen and women of Prisons to equip them with the skill of managing sports and domestic incidents. The programme, which took place at Prisons Headquarters at Cantonments in Accra witnessed sports personnel drawn from Prisons establishments countrywide in the disciplines of basketball, martial art, volleyball, handball, hockey, boxing and football.
ESCHEW NEGATIVE ATTITUDE TO WORK – PRISONS BOSS
The officers and men of the Ghana Prisons Service have been advised to eschew divisiveness and all forms of negative attitude, and work harder to promote public safety. This was contained in a statement made by the acting Director-General of Prisons (DGP) while addressing a joint-durbar of personnel from the Nsawam and Koforidua prisons at the Medium Security Prison in the Eastern Region. The acting DGP, Mr. Emmanuel Yao Adzator, admonished officers to avoid creating factions within the Service, but rather close their ranks and rally behind the Prisons High Command to move the Service to a higher pedestal.
FIRST LADY SUPPORTS NSAWAM FEMALE PRISON
The First Lady, Lordina Mahama, has donated essential medical supplies and assorted food items to support the inmates of Nsawam Female Prison in the Eastern Region. The presentation was held at a durbar to welcome Her Excellency to the prison. Some of the medical supplies were catheters, wheel chair, theatre bed, syringes, bandages, forceps, and gloves. The rest are 30 bags of rice, 10 boxes of cooking oil, 5boxes of tin tomatoes and sugar. Her maiden visit followed that of President John Mahama’s visit to the Nsawam Medium Security Prison last when he launched Project ‘Efiase’.
SENIOR PRISONS STAFF ATTEND STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
As part of efforts aimed at transforming the Ghana Prisons Service into a modern correction facility in line with internationally acceptable way of keeping and reforming offenders, members of the Prisons Directorate, Regional Commanders and Schedule Heads at the prisons Headquarters have attended a three-day workshop on Corporate Governance and Strategic Leadership.
DANAF DONATES TO SCC, PROJECT ‘EFIASE’
The President of Daniel Amoateng Foundation (DANAF) has donated 5 bags of rice, 3 boxes of tomato paste, 10 packs of sachet water, 2 boxes of cooking oil, 3 boxes of canned fish, and toiletries to young offenders of the Senior Correctional Centre (SCC), and cash amount of GH¢2,000 to Project ‘Efiase’ fund.
D.D.G.P. AHWA-YANKEY PULLS OUT OF PRISONS SERVICE
The Ghana Prisons Service has ogranised a pulling-out ceremony for the Deputy Director-General of Prisons (DDGP) in charge of Finance and Administration, Mr. Minnah Ahwa-Yankey, after 27years, 1month and 5days of dedicated service to his motherland.
The pulling-out ceremony was preceded by a church service at the Senior Correctional Centre (Borstal Hall) in Accra. The sermon was delivered by Rev. Dr. Ampau-Asiedu from the Bethel Methodist Church in Kokomlemle, Accra.
In a citation read on her behalf, the Director-General of Prisons (DGP), Madam Matilda Baffour-Awuah, was full of admiration for DDGP Ahwa-Yankey who exhibited organisational and intellectual prowess throughout his career.
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.