Corruption in the Criminal Justice System in Ghana: Perspectives of Criminal Justice Officials

Mr Moses Agaawena Amagnya1,2
1School of Criminology and criminal Justice, Griffith University, Nathan, Australia, 2Griffith Criminology Institute, Griffith University, Nathan, Australia

Corruption is a topical issue across the world, especially, in developing nations. Criminal justice institutions, which are to ensure compliance with the law, are often the last resort for the public to address corrupt practices that occur in other parts of the economy. Yet, such institutions and their officials are affected by corruption or accused of engaging in corruption. Several studies 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 addressed the views of criminal justice officials themselves regarding corruption within their institutions. This study is based on expert interviews with judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and high ranking police officers within Ghana’s criminal justice system. I will present results focusing on officials’ opinions and assessment of corruption in the justice system.


Moses Agaawena Amagnya is a full time PhD Candidate at Griffith University on international scholarship. He is also a Tutor at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University and a member of the Griffith Institute of Criminology. Moses has a Master of Philosophy in Criminology from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, which was a full funded by Cambridge Commonwealth Shared Scholarship. He was previously educated in his home country, Ghana, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Law and Sociology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). He has over eight years of banking experience.



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