President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered the release of 444 prisoners to minimise congestion in local prisons.
The Prisons Department said that all 444 inmates were in jail for minor offences or were unable to pay fines.
According to the Prisons Department 18 females are among the inmates who were freed.
A total of 83 inmates are being freed from the Welikada Prison, 54 from Pallekele, 35 prisoners from Kuruwita, 30 prisoners from Mahara and 28 from Anuradhapura.
According to the Department of Prisons, there are about 33,000 prisoners in the country’s prison system which can hold 11,762 prisoners. (Colombo Gazette)