Mexico has launched almost 2,700 prisoners early as general jail inhabitants grows By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Cops stand guard throughout a roll name of inmates on the Apodaca jail within the municipality of Apodaca, on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico November 20, 2020. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril/File Picture


By Brendan O’Boyle

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico has launched hundreds of prisoners throughout Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s presidency as a part of an effort to free those that haven’t dedicated critical crimes or have been being held unjustly, authorities mentioned on Thursday.

The releases observe a decree by Lopez Obrador in August 2021 ordering the discharge from federal jails of people that had been tortured, in addition to sure aged and ailing prisoners who haven’t dedicated critical crimes and others held with out sentencing for over the authorized most of two years.

The discharge of a complete 2,685 individuals, which follows a 2019 amnesty regulation benefiting people in jail for minor crimes, comes as Lopez Obrador has drawn criticism from human rights teams for his authorities’s in depth use of pre-trial detentions.

The releases are an “act of justice for individuals who haven’t dedicated critical crimes referring to violence or bloodshed,” mentioned Rosa Icela Rodriguez, head of the Safety and Citizen Safety regulation enforcement company.

She described the launched prisoners as “humble individuals, who have been unable to pay for a lawyer, a translator, or who’ve confronted adversity,” and mentioned amongst them have been 23 ladies, 120 aged adults, 208 individuals with continual or degenerative sicknesses, 15 foreigners and 51 indigenous individuals.

Mexico’s jail inhabitants had grown 4.4% underneath Lopez Obrador by 2021 from the yr earlier than, reaching 204,360, in accordance with nationwide statistics company INEGI.

The releases come because the nation’s Supreme Court docket has confronted current calls to curtail the federal government’s widespread use of pre-trial detention, which Lopez Obrador has defended and expanded in 2019 to embrace some non-violent crimes, like corruption.

Earlier this month, the United Nations’ working group on arbitrary detention mentioned the apply has resulted in “a number of violations” of “elementary human rights.”

The variety of individuals in Mexico held in preventive detention or and not using a sentence grew 7.6% in 2021 to 92,856, INEGI mentioned.

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