Community service bill will ensure reform of juvenile offenders

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Deputy Attorney General Alfred Tuah-Yeboah and Director of Programs at the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) Edmund Foley have shed more light on the bill on the community service.

They say the bill, if passed, will serve as the best model of reform for people who commit petty crimes.

Speaking on the Great morning show on Thursday, July 7, 2022, the Deputy Attorney General said that “the bill is an attempt to make sure that we have a system that will not always send people to jail so to speak, rot, but also to come to the community where they belong and serve more productively.

Director of Programs at the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA), Edmund Foley

For his part, the director of the IHRDA explained that the overall objective of this bill is to “look at the reform and rehabilitation of people”.

He further noted that the impression should not be given that community sentencing was not sufficiently deterrent because the offender would not be detained by the police or in prison.

“It’s still a sentence following a conviction,” he said.

Highlighting other benefits, he mentioned that the Bill, if passed, “will bring Ghana into compliance with a number of human rights instruments that Ghana has signed and ratified.

“If you look at the spectrum, we are quite a continental leader when it comes to ratifying human rights instruments and monitoring the implementation of those instruments. So we will certainly also comply with the minimum standard on non-custodial measures in the criminal justice system,” he added.


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