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Short Update: Berlin spares about 1.000 persons to serve prison sentences due to COVID-19

FairTrialsAdmin - July 2, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, prison conditions, Prisoner releases

The Berlin judicial authority adopted a Decree which should spare around 1,000 convicted persons from prison. The Decree is intended to prevent "too much movement in and out" prisons in order to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection. The Decree will apply to persons who were serving a substitute prison sentence ("Ersatzfreiheitsstrafe"), i.e. persons facing imprisonment due to unpaid fines. Persons convicted for sexual, violent and hate crimes are excluded.  

Mid-March, the authorities had suspended the detention of persons facing “substitute prison sentence” as well as persons convicted for up to 3 year-prison terms. While the suspension of those facing “substitute prison sentence” has now been waved, the suspending period for higher prison sentences will now expire. Starting 15 July 2020, the judicial authority will successively send out orders to commence these higher prison sentences. 

Newly admitted prisoners are isolated for 14 days and sick prisoners are quarantined. Visits are permitted again under strict hygiene conditions. Because of COVID-19, video calls via Skype were allowed in all Berlin prisons for up to 30 minutes. This opportunity is to be maintained in the future. A large part of the prisoners were not allowed to work at the prison workplaces due to COVID-19. However, the wages have continued to be paid. 

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