Over 12,000 inmates released to reduce overcrowding at prisons
Posted on January 16th, 2021

Courtesy The Daily Mirror

A total number of 12,339 prison inmates have been released from prisons across the country since December 1, 2020 upto today, in order to reduce congestion privailing in prisons.

Prison spokesman Chandana Ekanayake said accordingly, 1,100 remanded male prisoners and 26 female inmates were among the released.

Moreover, 10,832 male suspects and 371 female suspects have also been released from prisons.

Prior to being released, the inmates were tested for COVID-19 infections through PCR tests.

Earlier, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa issued a directive to release prisoners who could be granted a pardon, especially due to COVID pandemic situations.

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