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Tsipras' government has released 1,800 convicts

30 December 2015 / 14:12:35  GRReporter
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1,800 convicts have been released between April (the "Paraskevopoulos" law was officially published on 27 April) and 14 December 2015, according to official data. The number of prisoners was 11,569 in April, there were 9,700 left by 14 December.

According to Kathimerini, the convicts were released based on one of three synergised laws covering people with shorter sentences (from 3 to 5 years), higher disability percentages, having done 3/5 of their sentence, minors or foreigners.

Most of those 1,800 (about 1.300) had been convicted to a maximum of three years jail time and could be released if having served 1/10 of their sentences. In turn, inmates convicted to between 3 and 5 years were freed for having served 1/5 of their sentences.

It is difficult to say what portions of these 1,300 former inmates were released under which of the three laws. Requests for early release have been sent to investigators, prosecutors or judicial counsellors, and there is no assorted data.

The remaining 500, however, were freed under the "Paraskevopoulos" law. About 50 of them suffered high disability rates (67% -80%), 30-40 were minors and roughly 400 were foreign citizens awaiting extradition.

Meanwhile, the Greek police reported that more than 13,000 burglaries have taken place since the beginning of the year (6,600 were registered during the first six months) and 600 robberies (299 in the first half). In other words, about 40 families become victims of theft in Greece every night.

Tags: prisoners release law sentence theft
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