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An analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on the prison system in Ghana

Akoensi, Thomas D, Tankebe, Justice (2023) An analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on the prison system in Ghana. International Criminology, 3 (4). pp. 328-339. ISSN 2662-9968. E-ISSN 2662-9976. (doi:10.1007/s43576-023-00108-y) (KAR id:104178)

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Prisons are a bastion of infectious diseases such as the COVID-19 virus. Using data derived from an open-ended online survey of prison officers in Ghana, we assess the extent to which the COVID-19 virus and preventative measures affected prison officers and inmates. We found that COVID-19 resulted in limited communication and interactions with prisoners due mainly to fear of contracting COVID-19. It amplified prisoners’ pains and generated new pains, including “uncertainty” about when prison activities would return to normal, especially regarding rehabilitation services, the ability to access support from officers, individuals and organizations. We discuss our findings in relation to changes in prison life occasioned by COVID-19 in other jurisdictions.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s43576-023-00108-y
Uncontrolled keywords: COVID-19; infectious diseases; prisoners; prison officers; Ghana
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Thomas Akoensi
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2023 15:57 UTC
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2024 11:57 UTC
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