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Mexican government releases more than 3,300 from prisons in amnesty operation

Mexico City, Mexico — More than 3,300 people have been released from Mexican prisons since the beginning of the year. During the latest release between September 16 and October 22, 674 people were freed from federal and state prisons after an amnesty operation by the Government of Mexico.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador ordered the release of those who met the legal requirements. Those being freed include senior citizens, people with chronic-degenerative diseases and indigenous people who met the Government’s legal requirements.

The Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection, Rosa Icela Rodríguez Velázquez, reported that “in most cases, they are humble people who did not commit serious crimes, but who remained in prison because either they could not pay a lawyer, they lacked a translator or they have faced adversity.”

Through the program, from July 1 to October 26 of this year, a total of 3,359 people have been released from federal and state prisons around Mexico.