Zeal Environmental Technologies Limited an oil field mining and industrial waste management company in the Western Region has intervened, to pay fines totaling GH¢30,000, for 15 inmates who were serving prison terms at the Sekondi male prison.
The individual fines slapped on them by the courts ranged between GH¢1,200 and GH¢6,000. Some of the freed inmates shed tears openly as they told their stories.
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Confined and denied freedom for months in the four walls of this structure these 15 young men finally can join their families and society.
There were scenes of emotion at the Sekondi Prisons when the prison officers handed over their dresses to them and told them they were free to join their families.
Kodua Padma Robert Is among the 15 young inmates here at the sekondi prisons who are leaving the confined walls of this prison to freedom.
He and his colleagues, who described the prison environment as very harsh were serving various terms between eight and 24 months due to their inability to pay fines imposed on them by the courts.
Inmate Welfare officer, DSP Ibrahim Yakubu on his part said the gesture by the company will go a long way to decongest the prison especially during this pandemic
He however pleaded with the company to do follow up on the inmates and enroll them in various enterprises so they don’t return to the prison
Chief Executive of Zeal environmental, Kwaku Ennin, said the company heard about the plight of the inmates and considered it important that they were allowed to mend their ways and to also have a second chance at life.