Speeding up passage of Community Service Sentences Bill – Government Urged

Chief Inspector Okyere

Chief Inspector Mark Okyere, a duty officer at Drobo Police Station in Jaman South Municipality of Bono Region, has called on the government to facilitate passage of the Community Service Penalties Bill.

He, however, called on the public to turn suspected criminals over to the police, saying the police would pick out the people who bring instant justice to the suspects and prosecute them accordingly.

Passing the bill, Inspt. Okyere stressed that there remains a need not only to decongest the country’s overcrowded prisons, but also to promote environmental cleanliness and improve national food security.

Indeed, those convicted of petty offenses such as theft and petty theft, misdemeanors and traffic offenses could be used to carry out commercial agricultural work, reforestation and clean-up exercises, he said. he explains.

Chief Inspector Okyere made the call during a community sensitization forum on the bill, as part of the implementation of Ghana’s Case Tracking System (CTS) held in Adamsu, a agricultural community of the municipality.

It was organized by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and facilitated by MIHOSO International, non-governmental organizations.

CTS is integrated software that tracks criminal cases in the justice delivery system from inception to resolution.

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Justice Sector Activity (JSA), the government launched the CTS in 2018 to provide criminal case information to every stage of the justice system.

Chief Inspector Okyere pointed out that cases such as murder, rape, robbery, attempted murder and defilement were all exemptions in the bill, regretting that many suspects convicted of minor offenses become hardened after have served their sentence.

Mr. Thomas Benarkuu, the Director of Programs of MIHOSO called on everyone to join in the advocacy and lobbied the government for the passage of the bill, saying that the countries that had passed the bill had benefited of the law.

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