NSAWAM PRISON DONATION: POS FOUNDATION CALLS FOR THE RELEASE OF NON-VIOLENT CONVICTED DRUG USERS TO DECONGEST THE PRISONS AMID COVID-19
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NSAWAM PRISON DONATION: POS FOUNDATION CALLS FOR THE RELEASE OF NON-VIOLENT CONVICTED DRUG USERS TO DECONGEST THE PRISONS AMID COVID-19




POS Foundation, facilitators of the state-driven intervention “Justice For All Programme” called on the President to grant more amnesty to persons convicted for minor offences and misdemeanors during a donation at Nsawam Medium Security Prisons

Jonathan Osei Owusu, Executive Director of POS Foundation, though commended the President for the granting of amnesty to 808 Prisoners, called on stakeholders to push for the release of non-violent drug users to be granted amnesty to help with curtailing of any possible spread of the virus in the Prisons in case of an outbreak.

He stressed that persons convicted for minor offences and misdemeanors should be considered to ease congestion in the prisons.

The Foundation donated Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and a cheque of GHc2,000 to the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons as part of the COVID-19 Response Prison Outreach Programme.

The items which were donated to the Prison included clothing, sanitizers, buckets, soap detergents and others worth GHc40,000.
He stated that other Prisons to benefit from this mass distribution exercise include the Kumasi Central Prisons, Sunyani Central Prisons, Tamale Central and the Navrongo Local Prison.

Deputy Superintendent of Prisons (DSP) and Public Relations Officer for the Nsawam Medium Security Prisons, Adamu Abdul Latif who received the items on behalf of the Nsawam Prison backed the call for more persons to be granted presidential pardon amid COVID-19.

He stated that the Prison is grateful to the POS Foundation and its partners for their continuous to the Prisons across the country.

The Foundation also held a training and orientation programme for the Prisoners on COVID-19 and its security implications on Ghana’s Prisons in case of an outbreak in the Prisons.

The Medical Superintendent of the Nsawam Medium Prisons, DSP Dr. Lawrence Acheampong during the training outlined the measures put place by the Ghana Prisons Service even before Ghana recorded the first two cases.

The POS Foundation together with its funding agencies (GIZ/German Cooperation and Open Society Foundation/OSIWA) will move to the Prisons in other regions to donate in support of the fight against the prevention of COVID-19 in Ghana’s Prisons.
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