Iran’s prison population surpasses 217,000

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Baku, Azerbaijan, June 21

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Iran's prison population has decreased by 3.7 percent in the last year compared to the preceding year, a senior judiciary official announced.

The number of prisoners in Iran stood at 217,851 in the last Iranian year, which ended on March 21, Minister of Justice, Mostafa Pourmohammadi said, Mehr news agency reported on June 21.

About 9.8 million case records were submitted in Iran's judiciary last year, Pourmohammadi said, adding that 6.2 million cases out of this figure were sent to the courts and 3.6 million were directed to the dispute resolution councils.

The minister went on to add that Iran's judiciary has 91,524 employees; of that amount some 11,642 are judges and judicial externs.

Pourmohammadi also remarked that the judiciary's budget for the current fiscal year (started on March 21) is about $1.84 billion (based on official rate of 25,609 rials per each USD) which indicates an increase by 40 percent compared to the preceding year.

Mehr also quoted Iranian Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani as saying on June 21 that sentencing people convicted of less serious crimes to house arrest rather than prison is a good approach.

Larijani stated that the judiciary has begun using GPS electronic monitoring bracelets for some convicts under house arrest in Isfahan and Tehran.

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