Over 5,800 basic school leavers in Ghana's prisons

BY: graphic.com.gh

Basic school leavers top the list of prisoners in the country, according to the Prisons Service’s 2018 Annual Report.

The report shows that out of the 9,034 persons who were convicted last year, 5,888 had only completed basic education, while 1,427 had attained secondary or post-basic education.

The report also indicates that out of the total number of convicts admitted in 2018, 4,813 representing 53.28 per cent were Christians while 1,809 practised Islam.

It added that 4,579 of the convicts were aged between 18 and 25 years, while 2,731 were aged between 26 and 35 years; representing 81 per cent of total convicts.

On the admission of foreigners, the report said 445 Africans were in Ghana’s prisons with Nigeria recording the highest figure of 156.