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Food being prepared for prisoners, Ghana, September 2011. In Ghana, inmates often have to rely on family members for additional food, medicines and other necessities. Besides being overcrowded, prisons in Ghana are under-resourced and antiquated. As a result, medical and sanitary facilities are poor and many prisoners sleep on the floor because of lack of beds. Most prisoners rely on family members and outside organizations for additional food, medicines and other necessities. Many detainees have been in prison for several years while they await trial because they are unable to secure bail or have access to legal counsel.

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