This includes seven-hundred and eighty-three first-time offenders, who have served half of their sentences as well as eleven seriously ill and very old prisoners. Seven prisoners who were sentenced to death, had their sentences converted into life sentences.
The pardon was issued on the recommendation of the Prisons Service Council in consultation with the Council of State, a statement issued on Thursday, 26 March 2020 by the Director-General of Prisons, Patrick Darko Missah, has said.
It added that seven prisoners on death row would have their sentences commuted to life imprisonment, while four prisoners serving a life sentence will be commuted to twenty years definite term.
The constitution of Ghana gives the President the opportunity to grant amnesty to prisoners who exhibit signs of good conduct and behaviours, on the advice of the Council of State and Prison Service.