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Short Update: France achieves 6,000 prisoner releases, but haltingly, and with glaring gaps in protection

FairTrialsAdmin - April 30, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prisoner releases

France’s prison population is 10,000 lower than it was a month ago. This is due to 6,000 who were released in response to the health crisis, and 4,000 due to a drop in arrest and incarceration as a result of restrictions on life outside. However, the effort has been criticized by some as unnecessarily slow, and for leaving out people being held in pre-trial detention, who make up to 30% of the total incarcerated population.

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