March 25, 2020 / 11:45 AM / 11 days ago

German state release some 1,000 prisoners due to coronavirus - report

BERLIN, March 25 (Reuters) - Germany’s most populous state North-Rhine Westphalia plans the release of some 1,000 prisoners to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection, its justice minister said on Wednesday according to an online report by Focus magazine.

The decree by the regional government applies for prisoners with a remaining prison term of up to 18 months and explicitly excludes the release of any sex crime offenders, it said. (Reporting by Michael Nienaber Editing by Riham Alkousaa)

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