President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has granted amnesty to some eight hundred and eight (808) convicted prisoners.
In a press release signed by the Director-General of Prisons, Patrick Darko Missah, the action was taken by the president as per the recommendation of the Prisons Service Council and the Council of State in accordance with article 72(1) of the 1992 constitution of Ghana.
Seven hundred and eighty-three (783) of the pardoned convicts were first time offenders who had served half their sentences, eleven (11) are seriously ill and three(3) are very old prisoners.
Seven (7) prisoners on death row had their sentences reduced to life while four(4) prisoners had their life sentences reduced to twenty(20) years each.
This action comes amidst calls for the decongestion of prisons in the country in lieu of the novel COVID-19 outbreak.
Story by: Isaac Dadzie | universnewsroom.com