PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO GRANTS AMNESTY TO 808 PRISONERS

First offenders totalling 783 who have served half of their sentences, eleven (11) seriously ill prisoners and three (3) aged (very old) prisoners are to be released outright.

However seven (7) prisoners on death row would have their sentences commuted to life imprisonment, while four prisoners serving life sentence will be commuted to twenty (20) years definite term.



The President of the republic of Ghana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo yesterday on 26th March, 2020, granted amnesty to eight hundred and eight (808) prisoners.


In a statement signed and on issued on Thursday, 26th March, 2020 by the Director-General of Prisons, Mr. Patrick Darko Missah the amnesty was due to the recommendation of the Prisons Service Council and in consultation with the Council of State.


According to a press release signed by, Director-General of Prisons, Mr. Patrick Darko Missah, the categories of convicts affected are as below:


  1. First offenders -- 783

  2. Seriously ill -- 11

  3. Inmates on death row now to be commuted to life imprisonment -- 7

  4. Inmates serving life sentence to have sentence commuted to 20 years definite term -- 4

  5. Very old prisoners 70 years and above -- 3


First offenders totalling 783 who have served half of their sentences, eleven (11) seriously ill prisoners and three (3) aged (very old) prisoners are to be released outright.


However seven (7) prisoners on death row would have their sentences commuted to life imprisonment, while four prisoners serving life sentence will be commuted to twenty (20) years definite term.


Read the full statement



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