Ghanaian football icon Christian Atsu in collaboration with Crime Check Foundation led by Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng have been doing their best to free inmates who were jailed for petty crimes.
For example, some people were sent to jail for stealing ‘common’ banana, some were jailed because they couldn’t afford a fine of GHC300.
Looking at the weight of their crimes, one can see that they don’t deserve to be in jail.
So what Christian Atsu do in partnership with Crime Check Foundation is, they try to free some of these people who became ‘victims of circumstances’ and try to make life better for them even after they’re freed.
The crew has once again free another set of 12 inmates from James Camp Prison.
Taking to Facebook, Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng wrote:
WE AIDED THE RELEASE OF ANOTHER TWELVE FROM JAMES CAMP PRISON
As usual, their charges are familiar …. Stealing of banana, corn dough, fighting, debt, etc. Much as such petty crimes should not be condoned, what is the sense in putting the offenders behind bars and feeding them with the tax payers money.
A person could not pay a court fine of three hundred cedis, so you put him in jail for three years and feed him? Calculate the cost involved in feeding him for three years against the court fine. Just don’t know what is preventing Parliament from passing the Non-Custodial Sentencing Bill into law. These guys should be made to work!
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