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Covid-19 Prisoner Releases Too Few, Too Slow

Expand Inmates sitting in an overcrowded jail in Manila, Philippines, February 2019.  © 2019 Kyodo via AP Images (New York) – Governments are releasing from jails and prisons far too few people whose continued detention in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic is not justified, Human Rights Watch said today, based on a global media survey. Available data indicates that the virus is spreading rapidly through jails and prisons, putting detainees, staff, and their families at unacceptable risk. Globally, abusive laws that criminalize non-criminal conduct and policies that prioritize incarceration,…

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