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Reform juvenile justice system to protect offenders – CDD to Gov’t

Wednesday 24th of April 2019 | Africa, Ghana
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The Center for Democratic Development (CDD) Ghana is calling for an urgent reform to be made in the country’s juvenile justice system to protect the rights of offenders.

The call follows the Center’s expression of grave concerns over what it bemoaned to be agonising conditions at the country’s juvenile correctional centers.

Ghana’s 4th Parliament of the 4th Republic in 2003, passed the Juvenile Justice Act, 2003 (Act 653) with the aim to provide for an alternative criminal justice system to protect the rights of children in conflict with the law.

The law further sought to provide for younger offenders in accordance with international standards based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the administration of Juvenile Justice. The Correctional Centers that currently exist in Ghana were established in 1947– before the passing of Act 653 – to “reform, rehabilitate and reintegrate” the country’s young offenders through a series of moral and vocational training.

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