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Director of Ghana Prison Service

Mr. Isaac Kofi Egyir (born on 21st of August, 1964) is a seasoned Ghanaian Prisons Officer and currently the Director-General of Prisons. He has 26 years of working experience with the Ghana Prisons Service including five years of duty tour with the United Nations (UN) Peacekeeping in Sudan and South Sudan as Corrections Advisor and Military Detention Manager respectively.

He was enlisted into the Ghana Prisons Service 0n 5th December 1995 as Officer Cadet and commissioned as a Deputy Superintendent of Prisons on 5th July 1996. He was adjudged the best cadet in Corrections Management and eventually the Best-all-Round Officer Cadet and received the Sword of Honour.

Prior to his appointment as Director-General of Prisons, he was the Deputy Director-General of Prisons (DDGP) in Charge of Operations. He also served as the Director of Prisons in Charge of Operations at the Prions Headquarters. Also, he served as the Eastern Regional Commander and Officer in Charge of the Nsawam Medium Security Prison, Commanding Officer of Prisons Headquarters, Officer-in-Charge of Frafraha Camp Prison, and Chief Agricultural Officer of the Ghana Prisons Service.

Within the International working environment, he has played a key role in prison assessment and advised extensively on best practices of prison management as well as capacity-building activities for national civil and military prison staff of post-conflict countries.

He has extensive academic qualifications which include; a Master of Philosophy (M Phil) in Animal Science, University of Ghana, Master of Arts (MA) in Peace and Development Studies, University of Cape Coast, Master of Science (MSc) in Defence and International Politics, Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), Post-Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Administration (GIMPA) and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (University of Ghana).

He also holds both Advance Executive and Executive Certificates in Security Management, Forensic and Investigative Psychology from Wisconsin International University College and a Certificate of Achievement in Monitoring and Evaluation from GIMPA.

He is a proud product of St. Augustine’s College, Cape Coast. Mr. Isaac Egyir is a member of the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) and African Correctional Services Association (ACSA) and Ghana Association of Animal Production. He is married with children.

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