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Ghana, Corrections in

Akoensi, Thomas D (2017) Ghana, Corrections in. In: Kerley, Kent R., ed. The Encyclopedia of Corrections. Wiley, pp. 344-352. ISBN 978-1-118-84542-4. E-ISBN 978-1-118-84538-7. (doi:10.1002/9781118845387.wbeoc118) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:64149)

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Corrections in Ghana has evolved from communal traditional practices emphasizing offender reintegration and restitution to offender punishment in prisons. Prisons in Ghana represent a colonial legacy and its modus operandi via the maintenance of safe custody, and welfare provision since independence remains unchanged. The raison d'être of prison administration is security and discipline, with little emphasis and resource provision geared toward offender rehabilitation. With no parole system or alternatives to imprisonment, Ghana's prisons remain severely overcrowded with a concomitant effect on both prisoners' and prison officers' stress and well-being. This entry gives a broad overview of corrections in Ghana with a focus on (1) the history of imprisonment, (2) the structure of the Ghanaian prison system, with attention to both adult and juvenile corrections, and (3) a profile of prison officers, the principal custodians of incarceration.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/9781118845387.wbeoc118
Uncontrolled keywords: Africa;corrections;Ghana;history;traditions;juvenile justice prisons
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Criminology
Depositing User: Thomas Akoensi
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2017 12:32 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:44 UTC
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