The British High Commission gave Ghana Prison Service two database servers, 45 workstations (monitors, base units, UPS, and keyboards), 45 biometric fingerprint readers, 45 webcams and 45 printers.
The donated equipment would support the establishment of an electronic case management system (ECMS) for the Prisons Service, which would help improve data management in correctional facilities across Ghana.
The donation followed a 2018 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the High Commission and Prison Service. The donation was part of a GH¢ 2.5 million commitment, aimed at substituting the manual system of record keeping with a more efficient electronic system.
The ECMS was developed by Axiom International-UK in close consultation with the IT department of Prisons and would be deployed across all prisons estates in Ghana to capture the biodata of prisoners and safeguard proper data management.
Mr Iain Walker, British High Commissioner to Ghana, said the donation marked a significant step in the migration of data from the manual system into the electronic format in Ghana’s Prisons. He said the interconnectivity of the system across all 43 prisons estates in the country would make criminal data easily accessible for judicial, administrative and research purposes.
Mr. Sylvester Rabbles, Deputy Director of Prisons in charge of Operations, said the equipment would not only support the easy gathering, storage and accessibility of data, but would also ensure the transfer of knowledge to 200 officers across all prisons estates.