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Short Update: Scotland is set to release up to 450 prisoners to prevent the spread of coronavirus

FairTrialsAdmin - May 5, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prisoner releases

Up to 450 prisoners are to be released early to prevent the spread of coronavirus after the Scottish government approved the move. Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said the legislation was designed to free up more cells for single-use occupancy to help limit the number of cases. Only those who have been sentenced to 18 months or less and have 90 days or less left to serve will be eligible. Mr Yousaf stressed the move was designed to protect prison officers and NHS staff, as well as inmates across the country. 

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