Despite much uneasiness about the pardoning of another set of convicted persons, the government has nonetheless advanced the programme and another batch of prisoners is expected to be released soon.
President David Granger was quoted by Guyana Times as saying recently that the release of the prisoners will be announced soon.
He said this time, the beneficiaries of the presidential pardon will will be mostly, if not entirely, women.
Granger explained that in addition to the same criteria used last year, short conviction period was also taken into account when selecting those to be released this time round.
“In broad terms, we are looking for person with non-violent offences and with relatively short terms of imprisonment and women who are mothers. So it is unlikely that we will have males,” the Head of State noted.
Moreover, the President said that the names of those prisoners who were selected to be released will be made public soon, “next week perhaps”.