The Brong Ahafo Regional Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ghana Prisons Service, A.S.P Johann Nartey, has made a passionate appeal to Ghanaians who have their relatives in the various prisons to show great concern for the welfare of the inmates.
He said people who relate to inmates of the prisons should pay regular visits to them (inmates) and give them the needed support to augment government’s efforts towards their welfare, stressing that this greatly enhances the reform process.
A.S.P Nartey made the appeal in an interview on Suncity 97.1 FM, a Sunyani-based Radio Station.
He said any human being could find him or herself in the situation of the prisoners, so we should not shun, nor neglect them to their fate. More so, not all prisoners were guilty of offences or crime.
“Some of them are innocent but found themselves there as victims of circumstances and this could happen to anyone of us, so let’s accept, and give them the needed care and assistance to improve their lives, and make them an integral part of society,” he stated.
A.S.P Nartey further urged society to desist from stigmatising prisoners, especially those who are discharged to go home.
“Some of them come out reformed and refined to lead worthwhile lives, and they need our encouragement and support, to fit well into society and make positive contributions to the community and national development.