Spanish political parties call for the release of prisoners of high risk groups

In a public statement, the parties Unidas Podemos, Esquerra Republicana, Junts per Catalunya, Partido Nacionalista Vasco, EH Bildu, Más País, Candidatura d’ Unitat Popular, Bloque Nacionalista Galego and Compromís demand in the face of the Covid-19 crisis the release of prisoners belonging to a risk group from state prisons.

ETA prisoners in particular are deliberately locked up in prisons far from their families. BY 2.0

Referring to international organisations such as the WHO, they call for appropriate treatment. For example they criticise the Spanish “Política de Dispersión”, which the Spanish state has been conducting since 1989, as an inappropriate spatial separation of prisoners and their relatives. This separation policy provides for political prisoners to be distributed across all Spanish prisons in isolation from other fellow prisoners and as far away as possible from their home communities.

The demand for prisoners to have unrestricted contact with their families is included, as are adequate health care and continuous information on the development of the pandemic. The central content refers to the release of prisoners who suffer from pre-existing conditions and/or are over 65 years of age. However, the prerequisites are that the prisoners have already served 75% of their prison sentence, that there is only a low risk of recidivism and/or that a good reintegration into society is likely. After the end of the crisis, the situation should be reviewed again.