Justice For All Programme: Chair rebuts police claims

Chairman of the Justice for All Program Justice Clemence Honyenugah has denied police reports that beneficiaries of the program are being re-arrested for recommitting crimes.

The High Court judge says they have done their investigations and can say on authority that none of these reports from the police are true.

Over 100 remand prisoners have been set free since the Chief Justice reactivated the Justice for All Program.

Her action followed a Joy News documentary “Locked and Forgotten” which highlighted the plight of remand prisoners in Ghana’s prisons.

Seth Kwame Boateng who championed that documentary reported that the Chief Justice dispatched two judges to the Sekondi Central prisons to hear cases of remand prisoners.

That facility has a total of 120 remand prisoners and a total of 42 remand cases were heard Friday.

Two High court judges Justice Clemence Honyenugah and his colleague from the Appeals court Justice Constant Hometowu sat on the matters.

In all they granted 16 bail applications, cautioned and bonded five others and discharged them.

They also discharged three but bonded them and convicted and imprisoned two.

Fifteen applications for bail were also refused. Chairman of the Justice for All Program Justice Clemence Honyenugah said they are determined to decongest the choked prisons.

He was however not happy with police reports that the program was releasing criminals into the system.

On Saturday judges and magistrates in the Western Region will be assembled and trained on how to handle remand bail applications. Justice Constant Hometowu says the rationale behind this is to get judges understand the importance of fast-tracking remand cases.


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