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Short Update: Argentina’s National Committee Against Torture publishes a set of guidelines to reduce prison population amid the Coronavirus pandemic

FairTrialsAdmin - April 17, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prison conditions

The National Committee Against Torture (CNPT) urges authorities to identify vulnerable groups within the prison population, and elaborate lists of detained persons to grant them alternatives to incarceration as soon as possible. The latter may include, house arrest, parole, semi-liberty, among others, taking special account of those who are twelve months away from serving their sentence, or have been sentenced to less than three years of prison.

The CNPT exhorts authorities to avoid demanding excessive requirements to include people within risk groups; to streamline the production of reports, evaluations and any type of information that is necessary for the granting or anticipation of benefits, especially through the use of A/V and other technological means.

The CNPT also urges authorities to review precautionary measures involving deprivation of liberty, especially those of people in pre-trial detention, weighing the existing risks with the current health emergency and in compliance with procedural deadlines.

Read the report here. (in Spanish)

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