General News of 2013-12-26

Prison officers to be trained in handling female inmates

The Ghana Prisons Service is to begin training programs for officers in handling the needs of women and children prisoners.

Speaking in an interview with Citi News, the Chief Public Relations Officer of the prisons service DSP Vitalis Ayeh said the move forms part of efforts to improve the quality of service.

According to him, women and children play a special role in the society even in prison, and thus need to be protected.

“We want to retrain officers to ensure that the special needs of women and children are taken care of because these are vulnerable people. When they come to prison, there are lot of things that happen to them. Sometimes the prison is just a place for everybody. We don’t have places for children; we don’t have places for pregnant women and nursing mothers,” DSP Ayeh emphasized.

He further stated that the prison service will ensure that women and children are catered for specially.

“We will also ensure that the stigma attached to prisoners when they come out is taken off,” DSP Ayeh added.