11th April 2016
Over the last week five inmates at the country's lone correctional facility have been released under the Prison Extra Remission program.
Prison Superintendent Albert Wade said the inmates were chosen for "an award of extra remission by the governor general under Section 2 (12) of the Prison Act.
Wade said that the first three were released on Thursday April 7th, while the remaining two were sent home on Friday.
The program which commenced in January 2015 saw the release of 13 inmates, Wade said and designed to reduce the overcrowding situation at Her Majesty's prison 1735.
Under the extra remission program convicted persons who have less than 6 months remaining on their sentence can be released.
The Attorney General the Hon. Steadroy Cutie Benjamin along with the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party underscored that the program will help ease the current overcrowding situation at the country's prison.
Benjamin said the government is currently doing everything in its powers to help alleviate the current situation at the country's correctional facility and the extra remission program is one of the methods being used.
The current prison population is 388.
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