Thousands of prisoners released from prisons in UK, France, US due to coronavirus

Source : 112 Ukraine

About four thousand of violators were released in the UK, five thousand in France, more than four thousand in the US
10:38, 5 April 2020

The British Department of Justice announced on Saturday a decision to release about 4,000 prisoners from their prisons to curb the spread of coronavirus, as The Hill reported.

According to the British Ministry of Justice, low-risk offenders or pregnant prisoners convicted of non-violent crimes are eligible for release. Persons convicted of violent or sexual crimes, or for offenses related to coronavirus, including coughing for healthcare workers, or theft of protective equipment, will not be considered for release.

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According to officials, prisoners will be tracked through electronic controls. They should stay at home.

There are more than 80,000 prisoners in Britain. 88 violators and 15 prison staff tested positive for COVID-19, at least three prisoners died from coronavirus. Prisons continue to operate, although more than a quarter of the staff are absent or isolated.

France released 5,000 of its prisoners last week.

In the United States on Tuesday, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced its intention to release 3,500 prisoners convicted of non-violent crimes from state prisons.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also said earlier this week that 900 prisoners were released from prisons in his city to avoid the risk of a dangerous virus spreading.

As we reported, the number of Ukrainians with coronavirus abroad has increased to 170 people.


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