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125 PRISONERS RELEASED IN B/A

As part of the annual Presidential Amnesty, 125 prisoners have been freed from the four prisons in Brong Ahafo Region. Speaking to the PRO of the Ghana Prisons Service in Sunyani, ASP Vincent Ziniel said that the essence of the exercise is to decongest the prisons. He added the criteria they used in releasing the prisoners was first offenders who have served half of their sentence, seriously indisposed prisoners, nursing mothers and inmates 70 years and above. ASP Ziniel continued that out of the 125 male prisoners released in the region, twenty eight prisoners were from Sunyani, twenty nine from Duayaw-Nkwanta, seventeen from Yeji, and fifty-one from Kenyasi prisons. He added that offences such as Murder, escaping from lawful custody, armed robbery, defilement and man slaughter offenders (felony offenses) were not part of the amnesty granted. He disclosed that the longest period of a sentence served among the released was 20 years, out of which the convict served 11 years, 9 months. In an interview with the Physician Assistant of the Sunyani Prisons Service, ASP Ofosu Emmanuel mentioned some medical challenges the service is facing as insufficient drugs and lack of a standard clinic. He pointed out that conveying the sick to the public hospital was part of the challenges because they have transport challenges. He therefore appealed to the government, philanthropists, and individual organizations, corporate bodies to go to the aid of Prisons Service. ASP Ziniel commended religious bodies, Jastar Motors and individuals who have rendered help. Some freed prisoners in an interview with assured the public of good behavior after their good fortune.

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