Ambassador Extraordinaire of Ghana Prisons and Executive Director of Crime Check Foundation, Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng has urged the Government of Ghana to review the country’s Criminal Justice laws to curtail the frequent abuses of the rights of prisoners and accused persons. Addressing members of Victory Baptist Church in London, Mr. Kwarteng said certain loopholes in the Criminal Offences Act, 1960, the lack of a Non-Custodial Sentencing law, harsh judicial sentences, alleged police extortion and massive prison congestion could dent Ghana’s image as a champion of human rights and a beacon of democracy in Africa.
Mr. Kwarteng, a Chevening scholar who has been advocating reforms in Ghana’s Criminal Justice System was at the church at the invitation of its members to congratulate him for his efforts in supporting the course of prisoners, the poor and the vulnerable in Ghana.
The Head pastor, Reverend Kwasi Gambrah asked Ghanaians to support the good work of the Prisons Ambassador. The church as part of its moral and spiritual obligation donated an amount of eight hundred pounds towards the surgery of Madam Nana Benewaa whose story was shared by crimecheckghana.