RECIDIVISM REDUCTION PROGRAM

The Recidivism Reduction Program was designed to provide support that promotes appropriate social integration while discouraging and eliminating behavior that is likely to result in a return to the incarceration system. The Program motivates ex-offenders to identify the dangers of negative associations and patterns that lead to destructive and recurring behaviors.

The program is designed to reduce the likelihood of offender recidivism, improve public safety, and promote pro-social reintegration into the community.

RE-ENTRY TRANSITIONAL PROGRAM

The Re-entry Transitional Program is designed to assist in the reintegration of female offenders into the community. Through collaboration with educational institutions, other nonprofits, and government agencies, the Transitional Program is committed to delivering transitional services such as case management in preparation of and after release from prison.

The mission of the Transitional Program is to improve offender access to housing, education, mental health treatment, job training, and family reunification services.

  • According to Ghana Prisons Service info:
    * as at May 1, 2017
  • Nsawam
    Women 72 and Convicts 122
  • Kumasi
    Women        32            Remand    31
  • Sekondi
    Women        22            Trials        12
  • Sunyani
    Women        18
  • Ho
    Women        12
  • Akuse
    Women        10
  • Tamale
    Women        4

INFORMATION ON GHANA PRISONS – WOMEN

According to the Ghana Prisons Service, the number of women in Ghana Prisons – 165 across the country as at the week of 1st May 2017

NEEDS

Help them put trade learned in prison into good use and also provide skills training – from cooperatives, provide seed money and monitor them.

  • Visitation – families (husbands, relatives) are reluctant to visit.
  • Baby-friendly centers needed. Currently, there is only one in Nsawam prison.
  • No purpose-built prison for women.
  • Lack of proper accommodation.
  • Feeding – Government allocation of GHC1.80 * 3/day is woefully inadequate.
  • Lack of proper medical care – very limited medications in infirmaries.
  • Budget allocation for the prisons is very inadequate.
  • Lack of rehabilitation and reformation programs for the prisoners.
  • Education – prisoners cannot progress beyond SHS.

There is a huge problem leaving Prisons and readjusting back into society due to lack of support from government and society at large.  This leads to repeat offending and recidivism. There is an urgent need for Halfway Homes to assist in the rehabilitation of women prisoners.