German state to release 1,000 prisoners due to coronavirus
March 25 2020 04:27 PM
North Rhine Westphalia State Premier Armin Laschet makes a media statement on the spread of the new
North Rhine Westphalia State Premier Armin Laschet makes a media statement on the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Duesseldorf, Germany on March 22.

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Germany's most populous state North-Rhine Westphalia plans to release as many as 1,000 prisoners in order to free up cells to be used as quarantine rooms out of concern that coronavirus could spread unchecked in jails, its justice minister said.
The plan, first reported by Focus magazine, would see prisoners released who only had a short part of their sentence left to run. Sex offenders and those convicted of other violent crimes were explicitly excluded from the scheme, state justice minister Peter Biesenbach said.
"Right now we have only a handful of free spaces," Biesenbach told reporters on Wednesday, adding that he expected other German states to follow suit. 

Last updated: March 25 2020 04:40 PM


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