A song by Klortia titled incarceration which motivated the caption of this article throws light on how people can be denied justice at times and also raises a lot about how ingratitude can land someone in prison for no crime committed.
The song was created or composed around the story of a man whom Klortia had a chat with when he visited one of the country’s prison. The inmate, whose identity was not given, claims to be innocent of the crime for which he has been sentenced. This story sends us back to the numerous stories of people who are denied justice and are behind bars whiles the real criminals are walking on the streets in freedom simply because their money can talk for them or are well connected in society.
If you follow news stories very well in this country, you will agree to the fact that there are similar stories where prison inmates claim innocence of the crimes they have been charged with,but just because the system fails to give them fair hearing and because they don’t have what it takes to put up a good defense, which literally boils down to their financial muscle, they are incarcerated unjustifiably. A case in point is the story of a teacher in the Northern region, Mr. Eric Asante who spent ten of a fifteen year’s prison term when he was framed up by his own pupil as having raped her. It took the intervention of a DNA which was requested by a human rights lawyer, Francis Xavier- Sosu to exonerate him at the Supreme Court of Ghana.
The state provides defense for the less privilege. However, a recent revelation on the judicial bribery scandal by ace investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas makes us believe that jurisprudence is not for people with empty pockets or the proletariats but for the bourgeoisie or the affluent of society.Thousands of alarm bells are being blown on such issues but it seems less attention is being given to them. This is a clarion call. The sooner we wake up to face such realities of life the better it will be for all of us. #INCARCERATION