Nicaragua paroles 8,000 convicts to clear prisons

Baku, February 23, AZERTAC

Nicaragua has released more than 8,000 convicts to parole and sent 94 foreigners to finish sentences in their home countries since 2014, easing overcrowding in prisons, the government said, according to AFP.

All 8,149 Nicaraguan prisoners given conditional release had been put behind bars with light sentences of five years or less, the government said in a statement.

It gave no details on the foreign convicts deported beyond the following figures: 58 sent home in 2014, 31 in 2015 and five so far this year.

The releases were approved by the Justice Ministry, national prosecutors and the police, and were part of “a humanitarian and reconciliation policy.”

Authorities did not say what the remaining prison population was in the Central American nation.

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