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Short Update: Up to 4,000 prisoners in England and Wales are to be temporarily released from jail

FairTrialsAdmin - April 7, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prisoner releases

The Ministry of Justice announced on 4 April 2020 that up to 4,000 prisoners are to be released in an effort to control the spread of coronavirus.  

Only selected low-risk offenders will be released. Those convicted of violent or sexual offences, or those who are a national security concern or who pose a danger for children, will not be considered for release. Those who have not served at least half of their custodial term will not be released. Inmates who are convicted of COVID-19 related offences, for example coughing at emergency workers, will not be released.  

Those who are released will be subject to stringent conditions and electronically monitored. They can be immediately recalled to prison for breaching those conditions or for committing further offences. 

The release will be phased over time.  

We publish information as it is reported to us. If you would like to make us aware of an inaccuracy or send us more information please email us at [email protected] 

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