Analysis of the rehabilitation of inmates at the Nsawam Medium Security Prison
Crime is on the ascendency in Ghana and prisons are becoming overcrowded. Vocational training is the main method by which Ghanaian prisons seek to reform offenders and put this trend in check, yet recidivism is on the increase in our prisons after inmates have gone through the various rehabilitation programmes. This study seeks to evaluate the rehabilitation programmes in the Nsawam Medium Security Prison and whether any meaningful rehabilitation process has been achieved by interviewing 68 trainee inmates; a sample size collated through the systematic sampling approach. Interview questions were geared towards the aims of this study and required information such as intentions towards training, future plans with regards to the training, performance of supervisors, conditions of tools used, problems faced during the rehabilitation programmes as well as suggested solutions to these problems. The findings of the study confirm the view that with proper direction and supervision, vocational training can serve as a method by which offenders can be reformed. This is supported by the fact that almost all the recidivists interviewed during the study were either unemployed or employed in illegal activities.
Thesis submitted to the Department of Business Administration, Ashesi University College, in partial fulfillment of Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, May 2010
prison rehabilitation, Ghana, Nsawam