The release of 101 persons from the prisons will bring about relief to a cramped prisons system, says acting Prisons Commissioner Dane Clarke.
“Any circumstance that will reduce the numbers in the prison service will be welcomed.
“I know some of these persons have been incarcerated for some time, in some cases they were unable to meet very simple sentences so it will be a relief for us and them to get them out of the system,” he told the Express by phone yesterday.
Clarke said the office of the Prisons Commissioner would have provided the Attorney General with the information to begin the process and have the release done.
“We welcome the move, it will make room for us, at least we will have 100-odd spaces for persons who are more deserving to be there,” he said.
Cannabis activist Nazma Muller also commended the move but said there is need to discuss a total reform of the criminal justice system so that persons on remand do not spend 20 years awaiting their day in court.
She said the expected decriminalisation of marijuana on Monday is a Christmas gift to the nation.
“It’s really is a great day, Monday is a great day for the country. We are very happy it is long overdue. Finally justice is being served,” she said.
She said the marijuana community, which comprises people from all walks in life, including grannies who use the herb for cancer relief and other ailments, is rejoicing.
Muller said there is need for an education campaign on marijuana.
“To me there is no such thing as recreational use, all herbs are therapeutic, once there are benefits then it is giving you a therapeutic effect,” she said.
Muller also advised that people take the opportunity to apply for licences to import seeds, oils and other related products as the Attorney General had indicated that the regulations to govern this were ready.