Man released from prison after eight months of failing to pay ¢360 fine

Man named, Richard Atta, 21 has been released from prison with aid of the  Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) after serving an eight-month jail term for his inability to pay a fine of ¢360.00.

Richard was to serve a one-year jail term for stealing.

According to Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, they are on an agenda to help free culprits with minor petty offences. The human rights body said people with petty minor offences such as Richard, should be made to serve non-custodial sentences and not thrown into jail. This will help decongest Ghana’s prisons.

Richard narrated how his friend asked him come along on a fun trip. He complained about his financial difficulties to his friend who convinced him to snatch a woman’s handbag on the street. He snatched, alarm was raised, and he was nearly lynched but got lucky.

“My mother and family members did not visit me at the police station. I am happy I am free now.  I did not get anyone to pay the ¢360 for me. Prison is not the best place to live.

“We did not get food here. The soup was like a mirror I could see my face in it anytime I am served. Humans are not supposed to eat that. I will advise young people to be careful out there,” he said.

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