Prisoners who committed ‘minors offences’ stand the chance of gaining their freedom as the President of the Ghana National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nana Dr. Appiagyei Dankawoso I has offered to bail them out.
This gesture, according to Nana Dankwaso I is to decongest overcrowded prisons in the country in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Nsawam Prison, the Kumasi Central Prison, and some other prisons in the country are expected to be the beneficiary prisons of the benevolence from the Chief of the Asante Juaben traditional area.
Nana Appiagyei, who paid a visit to the Nsawam Prison on Friday, May 29, 2020, donated items worth about GHC 20,000 to the inmates and officers at the facility. The items comprised bags of rice, gallons of cooking oil, boxes of carbolic soap, packs of sanitary towels, and packs of bottled and sachet water.
Speaking to reporters after the donation, Nana Appiagyei said although he is not against discipline, he is of the firm opinion that prisoners with minor offences should be given a second chance to life hence his decision to redeem them.
“People who committed petty crimes deserved a second chance to mend their ways and live better lives,” he said.
“Many of the people who became leaders across the globe one time were imprisoned before becoming leaders. So when one goes to prison, it does not mean the person can never become someone better in society or make an impact on society.”
He appealed to government and private entities to help improve the conditions of prisons in the country.
The prisoners who would benefit from the gesture, include those who committed minor offences and defaulted in settling the fines imposed on them.