Venezuela announced release of 40 percent of prisoners to reduce overcrowding

On July 31, 2011, Venezuelan Minister of Prisons Iris Varela announced plans to release up to 40 percent of the country's prisoners in order to reduce overcrowding. Other countries have implemented similar measures, including Bangladesh, which released inmates in June 2008 and August 2010. In June 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown submitted his own plan to reduce the state's prison overcrowding by over 30,000 inmates. The plan was drafted to satisfy a court order by a special panel of judges from the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to reduce the overcrowding.


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