04 April 2020 – Nearly 3,000 Sri Lankan prisoners released on bail

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Corrections / Justice
Intervention Categories: Social and physical distancing measures; Special populations
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Ministry of Justice and the Department of Prisons

Overview: Between the period from March 17th to date to April 4th, 2961 prison inmates have been released on bail under the recommendations of the special committee appointed by the President. Inmates who are unable to pay fines or pay for bail money or to produce personal bail, imprisoned for minor offences and those who had completed the better part of their prison term or those suffering from illnesses or who have not been granted bail have been considered under this relief scheme
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 – government
Evidence/Justification: Overloaded capacity of prisons and the health situation of the country