Other projects under Justice for All Programme should be instituted – Former AG

Former Attorney General Joe Ghartey has reiterated the need to establish other projects which were launched with the ‘Justice for All Programme.’

He said the Remand Review project, Sentencing policy project, Systems Analysis project and Prosecutors Training projects have been neglected.

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Essikado-Ketan thanked the Chief Justice Georgina Wood and others who have played key roles in ensuring the Justice For All programme survived.

The programme which he initiated in 2007 seeks to ensure the speedy trial of remand inmates who have been locked up and forgotten by the justice system and to help decongest the prisons.

He disclosed that the Justice For All programme was launched with two other programmes; Human Right For All and Economic development For All, which have died.

Speaking at a stakeholder meeting Wednesday to review the programme in Accra, Mr Ghartey reiterated the need of establishing the other programmes.

The Remand Review project within the Justice For All programme which has gained prominence is a stop-gap measure to deal with the immediate problem of prison congestion, while the other programmes were supposed to create an environment where prison congestion would be a thing of the past, he said.

“The Sentencing Policy project, for instance, was to address the problem of sentencing and non-custodial sentencing and therefore reduce the number of people who were going to enter into prisons,” he added.