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AMLO announces presidential decree to release more than 12,000 federal prisoners

Mexico City, Mexico — Andrés Manuel López Obrador has announced that a presidential decree on prison policy will be drawn up and signed that will see the release of more than 12,000 prisoners.

In his address, he stated that the decree will include inmates who have been tortured, prisoners without sentences, adults over 75 years of age and prisoners over the age of 65 who suffer from chronic diseases.

AMLO’s presidential decree will establish the release of prisoners not sentenced under federal jurisdiction with more than 10 years without a sentence and who have not committed serious crimes. Adults over 75 who have not committed serious crimes. Adults over 65 with chronic diseases and who have not committed serious crimes.

Any inmate who has been tortured and is verified through the Istanbul protocol. This particular condition is manual for the effective investigation and documentation of torture and other cruel treatment or punishment.

Olga Sánchez Cordero, Secretary of Government indicated that through this decree, the benefit of home detention will be requested.

“The decree that President López Obrador is requesting is that the entire prison population over 75 years old be granted release and continue, let’s say, at home in house arrest,” the official explained adding that the new decree will be drawn up next week.

With the decree, it is anticipated that 12,358 people currently imprisoned around Mexico will be released from federal prisons.