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Short Update: Argentina’s grants of house arrest “are not exceptional,” despite online claims

FairTrialsAdmin - May 26, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prisoner releases

A rash of false postings on social media have claimed that Argentine judges are setting free violent prisoners en masse and that no other country has been releasing prisoners. In reality, Argentina’s grants of house arrest (not unconditional release) are not exceptional and mirror measures taken in other countries impacted by COVID-19 such as the U.S., Italy, and Spain.  

Up until the end of April, some 800 prisoners had been granted house arrest in the province of Buenos Aires, out of a total of 2,900 applicants. Since March, the federal prison system has granted house arrest to 320 prisoners, out of a total federal prison population of 12,579.  

Read AFP’s Fact Check here (in Spanish).  

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