In a bid to easing the congestion in Zimbabwe’s jails to reduce the threat of Covid-19 pandemic, the Zimbabwe Government are set to release about 3,000 prisoners
Those to be released had been convicted of non-violent crimes. Those convicted of crimes such as murder, treason, human trafficking, and sexual offenses will not benefit. All females imprisoned for non-violent crimes and who served a third of their sentences are to be released, as well as all disabled persons convicted of non-violent crimes.
Mnangagwa also commuted death sentences to life sentences for many prisoners on death row. Zimbabwe still has the death penalty but has not hanged anyone in years.
Before the amnesty declared by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe’s prisons have a capacity of 17,000 prisoners but held about 22,000.