04 April 2020 – Pandemic situation a factor in 2,961 prison inmates being released on bail

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Corrections / Justice, Police and Interior Affairs
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Special populations
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Police and Prisons (correctional facilities), Special Committee – comprising officials of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Prisons

Overview: Release of inmates from prisons
Full details here: https://www.presidentsoffice.gov.lk/index.php/2020/04/04/2961-prison-inmates-released-on-bail/?lang=en

Type of Justification: Advice of INTERNAL government advisory committee or group
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – other
Evidence/Justification: To reduce congestion in the overcrowded prison system – “The health situation in the country had also been taken into consideration.”