Justice Ministry recommends alternative sentencing to free prisons on account of COVID-19

The Ministry of Justice has sent official requests to the General Prosecutor’s Office, High Prosecutorial Council, and High Judicial Council, urging them to issue instructions aimed at increasing the number of alternative punishments for offenders. As reported by electronic media, the measure is designed to reduce the number of offenders kept in pre-trial detention in the country’s correctional facilities in an effort to halt the spread of Novel coronavirus.

As per the said request a total of 5,200 individuals are held in the country’s prisons, half of them convicted offenders and the other half in pre-trial detention pending judgement. The Justice Ministry’s request targets the second group of offenders, so that the courts may impose alternative punishments on them, thus, keeping them out of prison. The Justice Ministry urged the judiciary’s governing bodies to respond without delay to its request.