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As many as 4,000 low-risk prisoners will be freed in England and Wales as coronavirus cases inside prisons climb and the U.K. government looks for new ways to curb the spread of the pandemic.
Selected inmates with less than two months to serve on their terms will be released and monitored with electronic devices, the Ministry of Justice said in a statement over the weekend.
“This is an unprecedented situation because if coronavirus takes hold in our prisons, the NHS could be overwhelmed and more lives put at risk,” Justice Minister Robert Buckland said in a statement, referring to the U.K’s National Health Service.
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