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Peru takes more than 1,300 prisoners out of jail to prevent further COVID-19 infections

June 3, 2020

The Peruvian Ministry of Justice reported on Tuesday that a total of 1,355 people have been released to reduce the overcrowding that occurs in many of the country’s prisons and can lead to new COVID-19 outbreaks.

This was announced via his Twitter account. Of these 1,355, 308 were released thanks to a presidential pardon, while 115 were released by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

The vast majority of them, 932, correspond to people who had been jailed for “omitting family assistance”. The judgment was changed for the payment of the civil reparation and the amounts owed.

Peru takes more than 1,300 prisoners out of jail to prevent further COVID-19 infectionsPeru takes more than 1,300 prisoners out of jail to prevent further COVID-19 infections

The overcrowding of Peruvian prisons is over 138 percent. 95,548 are stacked in the 68 prisons with a capacity of 40,137 inmates.