Christmas amnesty: Oh, you happy ones! Saxony releases 58 criminals | Regional


Dresden – Nice gifts in Saxony’s penal institutions! In the course of the Christmas amnesty in Saxony, the first prisoners are free. In total, dozens of criminals are released early …

For a week and until the festival, those convicted of imprisonment or fines have already been released from the penal institutions in the Free State, whose release is between November 24th and January 6th, 2021.

So far there have been 58 resolutions by the public prosecutor’s offices, as a spokesman for the Ministry of Justice in Dresden said on request.

The imposed penalty framework is a maximum of 44 days or in the 34 cases of a substitute custodial sentence – if those convicted of fines cannot pay – 44 daily rates. The gates also open prematurely for two juvenile prisoners.

So far, only prisoners who officially ended between December 22nd and January 2nd could go home early on the occasion of Christmas. With the order of October 16, Saxony is adapting to the principle of the other federal states for the first time, with one exception in Bavaria.

According to the ministry led by the Greens, this corresponds to the idea of ​​grace at the festival and takes into account the pandemic situation with restricted visits to the prisons and contributes to rehabilitation.

Weisser Ring boss and ex-Justice Minister Geert Mackenroth criticizes a “relativization of the penalty”

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“This is a relativization of punishment and a softening of the consistent rule of law line,” criticized the former Justice Minister Geert Mackenroth (CDU). But this is also in the interests of the victims, “who want the state to give them satisfaction,” said the member of the state parliament, who is also the head of the Weisser Ring Sachsen association.

Criminals are granted mercy, the victim suffers for life – and an early released prisoner who has to serve a substitute custodial sentence has “made a bargain”.

Victim protection should and could not be outweighed by a pardon at Christmas, argued the ministry. The requirements for this are strict. People convicted of particularly serious crimes and those sentenced to more than two years in prison are generally exempted, as are prisoners who are suspicious in prison. Medical care and livelihood must be secure.

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Saxony’s Justice Minister Katja Meier sees the early release from prison as an “act of humanity”

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“Punishment must not be an end in itself,” said Justice Minister Katja Meier (Greens). She spoke of an “act of humanity” in times of the Corona crisis. According to the ministry, it is unclear whether the 2020 Christmas amnesty will also be an exception. “A new test will take place in 2021.”

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