Nicaragua paroles 8,000 convicts to clear prisons

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MANAGUA: Nicaragua has released more than 8,000 convicts on parole and sent 94 foreigners to finish sentences in their home countries since 2014, easing overcrowding in prisons, the government said Monday. All the 8,149 Nicaraguans given conditional release had been put behind bars with light sentences of five years or less, the government said in a statement. Authorities did not say what the remaining prison population was in the Central American nation. However, according to the non-governmental Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights, there were more than 10,500 Nicaraguan and foreign prisoners last year — double the capacity of the country’s penitentiaries.Last week, the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua criticized rights violations in the prisons, citing abuse, long periods of incarceration without right to sentence review and overcrowding.

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