384 inmates served their sentence in 2019

A total of 384 inmates served their sentence in 2019, and were subsequently released from Corradino Correctional Facility.

The figures were tabled in Parliament by Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri in a reply to Opposition MP Beppe Fenech Adami who asked about the number of inmates that served their sentence and were released in the past year.

Fenech Adami also asked whether there was a prisoner in January 2020 that was kept in detention after it was discovered that the person had already served their sentence. The Opposition MP asked the Home Affairs Minister to state the date the sentence was served and when the person was effectively released from prison.

Home Affairs Minister Byron Camilleri denied such claims saying that the prison authorities informed him that no one was kept in custody after they were notified by court that the person may be released.

Another question posed by the same MP was on whether an inmate was released from the Corrective Facility “by mistake” in January 2020 before serving their prison sentence, with the MP asking for the date the inmate was released and how much time prison time was not served.

Minister Camilleri said that after verifying the facts with the prison authorities, it was found that no inmate was released before serving their sentence. Speaking about all the inmates that were released during the month of January were released in accordance to Chapter 516 of the laws of Malta or the Restorative Justice Act, Articles 20-25. The Minister invited the MP to come forward if he had more information that could help in looking further into the question posed.