In a press statement signed by Mr. Patrick Darko Missah, the Director -General of Prisons on Thursday, 26th March, 2020 has stated that, the Ghana Prison Service Council has recommended to the President of Ghana H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, upon further consultation with the Council of State and in accordance with the Article 72 (1) of the 1992 constitution, the president has granted amnesty to eight hundred and eight (808) deserving prisoners.
The categories of the convicts are place under five (5) groupings. These are; First offenders , some of whom are Seriously ill, inmates on death row to be commuted to life imprisonment, Inmates serving life sentence to have sentence commuted to 20 years definite term and Very old prisoners (70 years and above). Read below the press statement as copied to the front deck of enfransmedia.com
PRESIDENTIAL AMNESTY TO DESERVING PRISONERS
His Excellency the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, upon the recommendation of the Prisons Service Council and in consultation with the Council of State, has already in accordance with Article 72 (1) of the Constitution granted amnesty to Eight Hundred and Eight (808) convict prisoners.
2. The categories of the convicts are as below:
a. First offenders – 783
b. Seriously ill – 11
c. Inmates on death row to be commuted to life imprisonment – 7
d. Inmates serving life sentence to have sentence commuted to 20 years definite term – 4
e. Very old prisoners (70 years and above)
3. The first offenders totalling 783 who have served half of their sentences, eleven/11 seriously ill prisoners, and three/3 aged (very old) prisoners are to be released outright. However, seven/7 prisoners on death row would have their sentences commuted to life imprisonment; while four prisoners serving life sentence will be commuted to twenty/20 years definite term.
PATRICK DARKO MISSAH
DIRECTOR-GEN. OF PRISONS