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29.05.2007 General News

CDD rubbishes convicted persons’ bill

By myjoyonline

The Head of Governance at the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), Mr Kojo Asante has objected to the passage of the Convicted Persons' bill.

Speaking in an interview with Joy News, Mr Asante said the bill when passed would only compound the overcrowding situation in the nation's prisons.

The bill seeks to provide Ghanaians serving prison terms outside the chance to serve their terms here in Ghana.

However, Mr Asante is questioning the government's attempts to push through Parliament, the Transfer of Convicted Persons' Bill saying it could be used as a political tool.

He said the public should have been more involved in the debate over whether the time is right for the passage of such a law.

“For me it is not a good public policy that we should be pursuing at this moment…congestion itself is an issue that government itself has admitted to be a very big issue. For a prison that was made for 6000 people now we are looking at 12,000” he said.