The Director of the Federal service of execution of punishments Alexander Kalashnikov has asked the courts at the time of the pandemic in the fashion industry, not to arrest people for minor crimes. A letter explaining his position he wrote to the President of the Supreme court Vyacheslav Lebedev told RBC, citing a source close to the Federal penitentiary service. A copy of the letter was also published Mash.
“In terms of interventions to counter the spread of the new coronavirus infection COVID-19 of concern high density of persons held in remand centres and correctional institutions,” the letter said Kalashnikov.
According to him, on April 1, the filling of the 22 detention centers exceeds the defined limit. The most difficult situation observed in the establishments of Moscow, Moscow region and Crimea. While 20.6 per cent (3 thousand 777 persons) of the total number of arrestees coming into the jail for the month (18 thousand 338 people) are those who want to prosecute for crimes of small weight. “The total amount received for the month in the detention of accused persons involved for crimes of small and moderate severity, accounting for 43.7% of the total number arrested again (8 thousand 18 persons),” — said in the letter.
Describing the situation with the number of detainees in the Metropolitan detention center, Kalashnikov said that as of April 1, there are 9 thousand 406 people, of which 1 743 thousand (18.5% of the total) for crimes of small severity. For the month the number increased by 2.9% (281 people).
According to Kalashnikov, a similar situation is observed in detention centers of Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, the Leningrad oblast, Crimea and Sevastopol. “In connection with the above […] I ask you to Orient the courts in the election (or extend) the measure of restraint in respect of persons subject to criminal prosecution for crimes of small and average weight, and also for crimes in the economic sphere (37 of 37 thousand people), to consider the wider application of preventive measures alternative to detention”, — he wrote.
Just today in Russia was 36 thousand 793 cases of coronavirus in 85 regions. For the entire period recorded 313 deaths, recovered 3 thousand 57 people. In most regions there is a regime of high alert and isolation.
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