More than 1,000 prisoners released so far

in News · 15-04-2020 11:22:00 · 0 Comments

Three hundred and nineteen prisoners were released on 14 April, under the exceptional rules linked to the coronavirus pandemic, totalling 1,080 the number of prisoners already released since Saturday, 11 April, the Superior Council of the Judiciary said.

In a statement, the Superior Council for the Judiciary (CSM) stated that, throughout the day on 14 April, and until 6pm, 319 inmates across the country benefited from a judicial decision to release them, dividing by 155 in Lisbon, 124 in Porto (includes Viana do Castelo, Porto Este and Aveiro processes), 32 in Évora, 1 in Coimbra and 7 in Ponta Delgada.

The CSM also says that this number (319) "adds to the 761 release warrants determined until the end of Monday afternoon", so that since the entry into force of Law 9/2020 on flexibilisation of penalties and measures to the prison population, 1,080 prisoners have already been released.

The CSM, the management and administration body of the judges, also mentions that three preventive detention enforcement measures have been converted into Housing Obligation (known as house arrest) - with electronic surveillance.

In the note, the CSM reiterates that the five Penalty Execution Courts (TEP) - Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra, Évora and Ponta Delgada - were in full operation on 14 April, with the reinforcement of staff that seemed necessary for the application of the exceptional rules provided for in the exceptional law addressed to the prison population due to covid-19.

On Thursday, 9 April, the vice president of the CSM, José Lameira, said that the processes for the release of prisoners, after analysis by judges, would be dispatched "within one to two weeks".


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