Senate will discuss the Amnesty Law, to relieve prisons by COVID-19


The Senate of the Republic will be sitting face-to-face next Monday 20 of April to discuss the Amnesty Law.

The president of the Board of Political Coordination (Jucopo) of the Senate, Ricardo Monreal, said in a video that “in the framework of the health crisis that is shaking the entire world the approval of the Amnesty Bill becomes an act of humanity”.

“You try with this measure become congested centers of rehabilitation,” said Monreal.

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According to the senator, if adopted, this law would be sought to provide the “forgiveness or forgetfulness” to people who have committed crimes for the first time, or those who have not been convicted of homicide, kidnapping, serious injury, or have used firearms.

Neither will be able to receive amnesty those people sentenced for femicide, rape, human trafficking, theft, home room and theft of fuels.

An Executive Committee would review each case and address those that apply the measure.

This Amnesty Law would benefit the “population at risk or vulnerable that includes over 60 years of age, pregnant women, hypertensive, diabetic, serious, among others,” said Ricardo Monreal.

The appointment to discuss the Law is this Monday April 20 at 12:00 hours in the Chamber of Senators.

The Senate detailed in this plenary session did not participate in face-to-face pregnant women or nursing mothers, children under the age of 5 years, people 65 years and older and those with risk factors.

Only enter an advisor for the parliamentary group to the Session Hall and the capacity of the same at no time to exceed 50 people.

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Overcrowding and poor hygiene in prisons

The prisons in the country face the pandemic of coronavirus COVID-19 in conditions of overcrowding, poor hygiene and precarious health services, alerted the association for civil Documents.

For its part, the World Health Organization and the Office of the High Commissioner of United Nations for Human Rights has also urged governments to take measures to make safe the detained population’s wellbeing in condition of vulnerability.

Maria Serving, director of Documenta, said that in the face of the health crisis it is urgent to exercise the early release of prisoners, established in the National Law of Criminal Enforcement, to protect the health of the vulnerable population and relieve the congestion of the prisons.

According to the most recent report of the Administrative Body, Embarrassed of Prevention and Social Rehabilitation (OADPRS), there is a total of 202 thousand 337 people in prison.

The report indicates that in 110 of the 297 penal institutions, federal and state, in the country there is overpopulation, which, according to Documents becomes impossible to put into practice measures such as the healthy distance or the autoaislaiento.

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