Police union opposes inmate release

The nation’s public employee umbrella organization says it will bring a case against the justice ministry to prevent the release of some 1,000 prison inmates.

The organization is the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados. Among its member unions is the one that represents the officers in the Fuerza Pública.

The organization said it would bring a case in the Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo against the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz to prevent the release.

Mainor Anchía Angulo, president of the Fuerza Pública section, was quoted in a statement saying that releasing the inmates is an irresponsible act, particularly at a time when the country is experiencing insecurity, violence and criminality.

The Justice ministry says that the inmates are non-violence offenders who have completed a percentage of their sentence.  The ministry is under court order to reduce overcrowding.

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