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Jerry Rawlings Troubled at High Population Rate

Jerry Rawlings said that “It will be a serious source of tension permanently in this society”

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Jerry Rawlings, the former president of Ghana, gave a hint on the recent rise in Ghana’s population, which in turn could increase tension and security problem in the country.
Jerry Rawlings, former President of Ghana is worried about country's increasing population. Wikimedia commons.
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Lead: According to news now Ghana, there is a huge possibility of problems related to national security arising if there is no control over the population rate in the country. What led to an increase in the current population to 29.6 million? And what are the troubles the youth of Ghana needs to face? To know more have a quick glance through this article.

Ghana’s rise in population

Jerry Rawlings, the former president of Ghana, gave a hint on the recent rise in Ghana’s population, which in turn could increase tension and security problem in the country.

In the year 2016, Ghana’s population drastically increased to 29 million from 24 million which is certainly not a favorable trend.

Jerry Rawlings said that “It will be a serious source of tension permanently in this society”

David Kombat who is the chief statistician at the Ghana Statistical Service said that at present Ghana has a total population of 29.6 million which was around 24.6 million in the year 2010.

Jerry Rawlings, the former president of Ghana, gave a hint on the recent rise in Ghana’s population, which in turn could increase tension and security problem in the country.
Ghana Population Pyramid. Wikimedia commons

In an interview with the Ghanaian Times newspaper, David Kombat said that out of the total population, half of the population consists of young blood, whose age lies between 1 and 29 years. He also mentioned that some immediate measures should be taken in order to deal with the challenges which are faced by the youth in the country.

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Reports collected by Ghana news now – YEN suggest that, with the rise in Ghana’s population there is a scarcity of jobs, and the main challenges are faced by the youth population of Ghana. President of Ghana, Akufo- Addo earlier said that the unemployment trend in our country is a national security issue.

As per Ghana Aids commission, the number of HIV patients has increased over the past years as well. David Kombat, the Chief Statistician of Ghana, has expressed his views to improve the education quality along with healthcare, which includes reproductive health and the need for woman empowerment. In addition, entrepreneurial skills to improve the economic productivity.

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Prisons Face Population Drop in The U.S.

The U.S. has long had the unenviable distinction of holding the world's largest prison population, in part because of tough-on-crime policies enacted in the 1990s.

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The Queensboro Correctional Facility in Queens, NY. VOA

The U.S. has long had the unenviable distinction of holding the world’s largest prison population, in part because of tough-on-crime policies enacted in the 1990s.

But sentencing reforms passed in recent years appear to have made a dent, leading to declines in the population over the past eight years.

A criminal justice reform organization reported Friday that in 2017, the U.S. prison population dropped below 1.5 million for the first time in more than a decade.

The decline, according to the Washington-based Vera Institute for Justice, was driven by a sharp decrease in the number of inmates in federal prisons and decreases in several states with large prison populations.

Total U.S. prison population dropped to 1,486,000 last year, a decline of nearly 16,000. The number of federal prisoners fell to 183,000, and the number of inmates in state prisons declined to 1.3 million, according to the report. (The overall figure does not include the more than 600,000 defendants held in local, state and federal jails.)

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The decline extended an eight-year downward trend in U.S. prison population that has been driven by federal and state sentencing reforms enacted over the past decade. But the Vera institute cautioned that it was unclear whether the trend would continue.

“Whether criminal justice reform can continue to fuel this sustained decline in the prison population remains to be seen,” said Jacob Kang-Brown, senior research associate at Vera. “We must continue to do the hard work, as advocates and agents of change, to ensure that all our communities feel the relief of decarceration.”

The report came as President Donald Trump called on Congress to pass legislation to help former inmates reintegrate into society and avoid going back to prison, as many do.

“We want former inmates to find a path to success so they can support their families and support their communities,” Trump said at a White House summit on prison reform attended by two state governors and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, who is spearheading the effort. “Crucial to this effort is helping former prisoners find jobs.”

“Nobody wins when former prisoners fail to adjust to life outside, or worse, end up back behind bars,” Trump said.

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers remarks during the Prison Reform Summit at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 18, 2018.
U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he delivers remarks during the Prison Reform Summit at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 18, 2018.

Saying that 3 in 4 inmates released from prison have difficulty finding jobs, Trump said his prison reform program aims to expand work opportunities and other programs that would allow inmates to “re-enter society with the skills to get a job.”

White House officials said Trump supports legislation that promotes “evidence-based risk and needs assessments” of prisoners and expands prison work programs, among other initiatives. They did not specify the legislation.

The House of Representatives is expected to vote next week on legislation that hews closely to the White House’s prison reform agenda. The First Step Act, recently passed by the House Judiciary Committee, calls for “risk and needs assessment” of prisoners and expands recidivism-reduction programs for prisoners.

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But the legislation is facing growing pressure. A group of influential Democrats in Congress expressed opposition to the bill on Thursday, saying it has “fundamental flaws” and that “meaningful criminal justice reform must include sentencing reform.” (VOA)