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More than six thousand prisoners released from French prisons due to coronavirus
5 April 2020, 11:24
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More than six thousand prisoners released from French prisons due to coronavirus
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Since coronavirus was detected in France in dozens of prisoners and prison staff, those who were already close to imprisonment, as well as those who have health problems, were prematurely released from prison.

In total, 6266 prisoners were already released from French prisons, the Deutsche Welle website reports citing AFP agency, which, in turn, refers to a source in the country's Ministry of Justice.

In France, there are 188 prisons and they contained 66,309 prisoners until April 1. Over a two-week period, the authorities reduced their number by one tenth.

The number of prisoners is also getting smaller because the legal apparatus is working slowly in the coronavirus epidemic and the measures associated with it, and there are far fewer people in prison, a source in the French Ministry of Justice said.

Coronavirus was confirmed in 48 prisoners and 114 prison staff in France. Human rights activists have called for the release of prisoners who have less than six months to spend in prison.

There are currently 82,165 infected with coronavirus infection in France. More than six and a half thousand people died.

Russian human rights defenders also make active proposals for the release of prisoners from colonies and pre-trial detention centers. The Federal Penitentiary Service has so far reported that no cases of infection have been detected in Russian prisons.

Meanwhile, all the recent time the Russian public has been sounding the alarm, since with the spread of the coronavirus epidemic in Russia, an extremely alarming situation is developing in prisons and colonies of the country. Human rights activists note that with the spread of coronavirus, correctional facilities actually turn into infection incubators, which threatens many victims among prisoners and employees of the FSIN.

On March 18, it was reported that the Federal Penitentiary Service prohibited the visits of prisoners to relatives. From March 30, the insulators were transferred to the barracks regime. Employees began working two-week shifts without leaving the isolation building. Since March 31, the administration of the Moscow pre-trial detention center has limited visits to prisoners by lawyers in connection with the spread of infection. Handing over to prisoners is temporarily prohibited.

At the same time, Olga Romanova, the founder of the Rus Sitting Foundation, reported that, according to her information, only the Sailors Silence SIZO has many sick prisoners, and their treatment is not carried out.