Prison riots that killed 300 people brought freedom to some — RT World News

The President of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, has pardoned several types of prisoners in an attempt to restore safety and address the prison overcrowding that was shaken by the recent bloody riots.

A statement issued on Tuesday by the Secretary-General of the President’s Office of Communications stated that the move was “In accordance with the commitment to protect the rights of prisoners, take effective measures to restore the peace and security of the prison system and alleviate overcrowding in prisons. “

The statement said that the president pardoned the prisoners”Under certain conditions. “

Several types of prisoners will be entitled to pardons, including those who are seriously ill or terminally ill, and those involved in traffic violations that cause no harm or death. The statement did not specify how many people will be released in total.

The decision is part of the government’s plan to tackle gang violence in prisons related to drug trafficking.

The most recent riot occurred in mid-November and resulted in the deaths of 68 people in the Marina Prison on the outskirts of Guayaquil. The riots in September are known as one of the worst in Latin American history, killing 115 prisoners.

The 65 prisons in Ecuador hold approximately 39,000 prisoners, but can only accommodate 30,000. So far this year, nearly 300 prisoners have died in Ecuadorian prisons.

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