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Congo to Release 2,000 Prisoners in January

The Democratic Republic of Congo will release about 2,000 prisoners this month in a bid to reduce overcrowding in jails and calm political tensions at the start of an election year, the justice minister said on Tuesday. Congo's prisons are notoriously overpopulated and hold around 20,000 people, according to the United Nations. A 2013 study by the U.N. mission in the country found the occupancy rate in the  capital Kinshasa's main prison at more than 400 percent of...

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