Vol. 6, No. 3: Non-Custodial Sentences And Its Relevance in The Justice System, By Sandra Coffie
03 May, 2004
In Ghana, sentencing policy has ensured that courts place more emphasis on custodial sentences than on other forms of punishment: for most, if not all,
criminal convictions, Ghanaian courts impose custodial sentences as a matter of course. As a result, Ghana's prisons now contain more inmates than they
were ever intended to - stretching prison facilities beyond capacity. Prison officials persistently complain of dangerous overcrowding. Social workers warn that some inmates have simply been forgotten, and many accused persons languish in pretrial detention while their cases are pending. Rather than serving as places of reform, prisons have become a training ground for seasoned thugs.