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Patterns and Prevalence of Corruption in Ghana's Criminal Justice System

AMAGNYA, Moses (2022) Patterns and Prevalence of Corruption in Ghana's Criminal Justice System. In: Policing and the Rule of Law in Sub-Saharan Africa. Routledge Contemporary Africa, 1 . Routledge, London, pp. 11-30. ISBN 978-0367693855

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This chapter discusses the patterns and prevalence of corruption within the criminal justice system (CJS) of Ghana. Corruption is a topical issue across the world with its prevalence having severe consequences for policing, the rule of law, security and development of nations. This is particularly so when CJSs or institutions that should ensure compliance with the law and in some cases, control or prevent corruption are affected themselves. Several studies have reported that citizens of developing countries in Africa and elsewhere perceived their countries criminal justice institutions, especially the police and judiciary, to be the most corrupt public institutions. However, little research has considered the views of criminal justice officials themselves regarding corruption within CJSs or institutions. The current study explores the prevalence or concentration of corruption within Ghana’s CJS by interviewing forty-five (45) criminal justice personnel and fifteen (15) anti-corruption officials across three regions: Greater Accra, Ashanti and Upper East. Results show that the majority of participants perceived corruption as a serious problem and most prevalent in the police compared to the judiciary and Attorney-General (A-G)’s Department. In addition, the most perceived corrupt criminal justice process was the bail granting stage. The implications of these findings are discussed.

Item Type: Book Chapter, Section or Conference Proceeding
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Forensic Sciences and Policing
Depositing User: Moses AMAGNYA
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2022 08:17
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2024 01:38

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