Community service for misdemeanours in Accra: Preferences of offenders, victims, judiciary, and community members

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 27, issue 5, 2017, pages: 455–457
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2017.1375205
Author(s): Feikoab ParimahDepartment of Psychology, Ghana, Joseph OsafoDepartment of Psychology, Ghana, Kingsley NyarkoDepartment of Psychology, Ghana, Nkansah AnakwahDepartment of Psychology, Ghana


Taking religiosity into account, the study explored preferences for community service sentencing by victims, offenders, judiciary, and community members from Accra, Ghana. One hundred and ninety respondents were sampled (females = 38.42%, offenders = 5.26%, victims = 58.95%, law enforcement = 10.52%, members of the Judiciary = 4.74%, and general community members = 65.26%). They responded to the Attitude Towards Community Service Questionnaire, and the data were analysed utilising ANOVA between group difference tests. Offenders expressed a higher preference for community sentencing than victims and members of the judiciary. Religion aligned participants supported community sentencing. Community sentencing seems a preferred sentencing option by a cross section of Ghanaian community members for adult non-violent offenders.

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