Remember the Ghanaian watchman who earned just ₵150 that was sentenced to eight (8) years in prison for fighting with an intruder who trespassed on his employer’s property?
The story on a broader spectrum shows how wicked our judicial and legislative systems are and how unfavourable they are to the vulnerable. The man in question is called Charles Ayisala and his plight was brought to the fore by Crime Check, a crime prevention advocacy organization that uses Life in Prison Documentaries to sensitize the public to the dangers of crime.
Well, as you read in the previous story, his fine was paid by Ali Ibrahim- the boss of the Crime Check NGO and he’s now a free man. He recently decided to go back to his village and the reception he received will definitely give you goosebumps.
Crime Check updated this story on their Facebook page writing;
The reaction of the wife and children of released prisoner Ayisalah will make you cry. After his release, we took him to Nkawkaw to meet with his family after 4yrs in prison without seeing them. Why should a poor watchman who takes 150ghc a month be sentenced to 8yrs in prison for failing to pay a court fine when he could have served society better if Ghana had a non custodial law? Many thanks once again to philanthropist Ali Ibrahim for paying the fine of this poor watchman after serving four years of his 8yr jail term. We will continue to advocate for the passage of the non-custodial sentencing bill into law and for improved prison conditions. Our prisons should become purely correctional institutions and not punitive centres.