4,000 inmates were eligible for release under emergency scheme to ease Covid-19 crisis

Just 55 prisoners have been released early under emergency measures to alleviate the Covid-19 crisis in jails in England and Wales for which up to 4,000 prisoners were eligible, a minister has revealed.

Lucy Frazer, the justice minister, told the justice select committee, that as of 11 May, an additional 21 pregnant women had been released from jail, and five inmates released on compassionate release.

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