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Jul 8, 2022

Prison Population Significantly Lower Due to Decriminalization of Marijuana Possession

Kareem Musa

And while these children had intervention from an early age to help steer them clear of prison walls, over at the country’s only penitentiary in Hattieville, the population now is significantly lower than what it was prior to when the decriminalization of marijuana possession of ten grams or less took effect some years ago. Minister of Home Affairs, Kareem Musa explained to reporters today that that is a direct result of no more prison sentences for possession of little amounts of marijuana.

 

Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs

“The population in the prison now reflects that change. It used to be in 2016 that the population at the prison was one thousand, six hundred inmates, but because of this new legislation in 2017, the prison population has gone down a lot, which means that our magistrates, and rightly so, are not sending individuals to prison for marijuana possession any longer. We are now around one thousand, one hundred inmates at the prison, so that’s a very good sign.”

 


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