More than 800 prisoners have gained their freedom, as President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo grants amnesty to prisoners.
The decision is in accordance with Article 72 (1) of the Constitution and its beneficiaries include sick convicts.
The categories of prisoners released in Ghana are the aged, first-time offenders, and inmates who have served half of their sentences.
“Three inmates are aged, 783 first-time offenders; 11 are seriously ill inmates; 7 prisoners on death row will be commuted to life imprisonment and prisoners serving a life sentence will be commuted to 20 years definite term.”
“The first-time offenders totalling 783 who have served half of their sentences, 11 seriously ill prisoners and three aged (very old) prisoners are to be released outright.” a statement signed by the Director of Prisons, Patrick Darko Missah, said.
Read full statement below: