INTRODUCTION

With the absence of a Non-Custodial law in Ghana, CCF’s Petty Offenders project has led to the release of many petty offenders jailed for their inability to pay court fines imposed on them.

Cassava thief handed 18 months jail term

22-year-old Kweku James from Nyinahini Agogoso in the Ashanti Region of Ghana has been jailed eighteen months for stealing cassava. He said he stole the cassava on four occasions until his arrest. According to James, he did not cultivate a farm because he did not have access to farmland.   He claimed there is no […]

My ‘school father’ taught me how to smoke marijuana- SHS graduate narrates how he ended up in prison

A 25-year-old Senior High School graduate, Memphis Abdul Rasheed who left school as a heavy drug abuser has been jailed for terrorizing and robbing unsuspected persons. He confessed to Crime Check TV GH of using a knife to undertake his robberies, which was his main occupation. Rasheed said whiles in school, his school father who […]

CCF boss pushes for a national dialogue on prison reform

The Ambassador Extraordinaire of Ghana’s Prisons, Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng has called for a national conference to dialogue on prisons reform to curtail human rights abuses and increased crime rates. He indicated that successive governments’ low commitment to prisons development has contributed to the defeat of the reformation and rehabilitation agenda of the prisons service. Mr. […]

Ashanti Motor thief finally jailed

Crime Check Foundation (CCF) has paid the fine of a convict, Osei Boadi for his release under its Petty Offenders project. He was sentenced to three months imprisonment after defaulting in the payment of a court fine of Eight Hundred and Forty Ghana cedis. According to Boadi, he was arrested and arraigned before court for […]

I started smoking from Class 6-Imam confesses

52-year-old Imam, Tamimu Mohammed has been jailed on three separate occasions for engaging in drugs and in illegal mining. In an interview with Crime Check TV GH, he said he was an experienced weed smoker who started smoking when he was in class six. Mohammed said whiles working with a mining company, his white manager […]

Expand advocacy on decriminalizing vagrancy laws to other regions-CCF urged

Crime Check Foundation (CCF) has been urged to expand its advocacy on decriminalizing vagrancy laws to other regions and districts in Ghana. CCF, which has been applauded by the media for its advocacy, has since May 2020 been waging a relentless campaign against laws that make poverty appear to be a crime under a project, […]

How stealing a policeman’s motorbike to take care of a fair lady ends Yatimi in prison

A 23-year-old prison inmate, Stephen Yatimi ended up in prison after he stole a motorbike to sell to enable him cater for his girlfriend. Though it is said that it takes efforts to retain someone you love, Yatimi is an example of those who would risk anything so as not to lose their girlfriends without […]

Greedy thief jailed 2 years for stealing iron rods

39-year-old drug addict, Kweku Prince has been jailed twenty-four months for stealing iron rods at Akim Oda in the Eastern Region. Prince said he became a drug addict when he joined a gang of criminals whiles he was a labourer, carrying passengers loads at the market and lorry stations. He said he could not complete […]

Carpenter imprisoned 3-years for stealing policeman’s plantain

A 35-year-old carpenter from Saltpond, Mensah Moses has been sentenced to three years imprisonment for stealing a policeman’s plantain. Speaking to Crime Check TV GH, Moses said he shares a wall with the police officer and both had plantain gardens at their backyard but his did not yield enough. He said he once had a […]

Farmer gets 12 months imprisonment for possessing weed

A 45-year-old farmer, Sampson Appiah has been jailed 12 months for possessing ‘weed’. Mr. Appiah who admits he smokes the narcotic drug indicated that he never dealt in it as a business. He said he was arrested after the police invaded his room and found a parcel and seeds of indian hemp. ‘What I know […]