Mrs Edna Kumah Executive director of AWLA at the Justice For All Program at Akuse Local Prison
Mrs Edna Kumah Executive director of AWLA at the Justice For All Program at Akuse Local Prison

The African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA), a Non Governmental Organisation, would soon roll out a Toll Free Call platform to monitor, track and collate issues relating to the Justice For All Programme (JFAP).

The Toll Free number, which would be made available in all prisons in the country, would enable the public and remand prisoners to call when in need of legal assistance and know more about the JFAP.

Speaking to journalists at the Akuse Local Prison in the Eastern Region after the JFAP sittings, Mrs Edna Kumah, the Executive Director, AWLA, said the number would be ready in two weeks.

Mrs Kumah said although the JFAP had been in existence for the past 10 years, public participation was low and people did not seem to understand its activities.

She said the programme, dubbed; “Enhancing Justice Delivery through Innovative Participatory Approaches,” would provide a platform to enable people to understand the JFAP.

Mrs Kumah said the AWLA, with support from Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), conducted a study, which revealed that citizen’s participation in the JFAP was low with only a limited number appreciating it.

She noted that to improve the implementation of JFAP, effective sensitisation and involvement of citizens were crucial.

Mrs Kumah expressed optimism that the effective tracking of the JFAP would enhance the timely response to issues relating to remand prisoners, especially woman, and provide feedback to stakeholder institutions.

The JFAP is state instituted, established in 2007 to alleviate prison overcrowding by setting up special in-prison courts to adjudicate remand prisoners’ cases.

This is done through the support of the Judicial Service, Office of the Attorney General, Ghana Prison and Police services and POS Foundation, a Human Rights Organisation.

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