Only 33 prisoners in England and Wales released under anti-coronavirus measures

The UK Guardian reports…Only 33 prisoners have been released under emergency measures announced by the government to combat the spread of Covid-19 in jails in England and Wales, MPs have heard.

The justice secretary, Robert Buckland, told the Commons that those released included pregnant prisoners and women in mother and baby units (MBUs).

The Ministry of Justice had said on 4 April that the Prison Service would free up to 4,000 prisoners who were within two months of their release date and had passed a risk assessment.

On 15 April the justice minister Lucy Frazer told MPs on the justice select committee that a “few hundred” prisoners were set for release the next day.