Chile to pardon 1,300 prisoners to halt coronavirus spread
The law will benefit prisoners over 75 years old, mothers, of children under two years old and pregnant women, who will be able to serve the rest of their sentences at home.
Prisoners convicted of crimes against humanity and those guilty of homicide, kidnapping, drug trafficking and domestic violence are excluded.
The pardon is intended to ease pressure on the prisons, which, according to a Supreme Court report, are a “time bomb” with some 42,000 inmates.
Among them are nearly a hundred people convicted of human rights violations during Chile’s military dictatorship from 1973-1990.
They are serving their sentences — for kidnapping, torture and murder — in the special Punta Peuco prison, a luxury facility on the outskirts of Santiago.
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