In the decongestion of prisons for "light convicts", the elderly but also those who have little time (12 months) for their release due to the new conditions created by the overcrowding due to the fear of the spread of the coronavirus, Government proceeds with Legislative Content Act already drafted by the General Secretariat for Anti-Crime Policy.
Secretary Sofia Nikolaou is taking this measure to decongest the prisons in order to reduce the number of detainees who are currently reaching 12.500.
Who are being released?
All prisoners who have a rest 12 months (regardless of the amount of the sentence) in the actual time of execution of their total sentence, will be released as well as those prisoners who have been sentenced to imprisonment up to 5 years and imprisonment 5 years (that is, for a felony with this sentence) if they have built it 1/20 of the penalty for almost all offenses: eg financial taxes, thefts, light drugs etc..
All detainees above them are also released 65 years for similar offenses and penalties, if they have built it 1/30 of their sentence.
In essence, the so-called "light criminals" are almost all released from prison.
The measures will be legislated with a PNP which is expected to be issued in the next hours or days and will be valid for 3 months.
Exceptions will exist and will concern those convicted of so-called heinous crimes. That is, those convicted, for example, of crimes against the regime are excluded, terrorism cases, homicides, rapes etc.
In order to avoid the need to convene judicial councils due to the suspension measures in the courts, it will be provided that the release will take place by order of the competent prosecutor.