France lawmakers adopt measure to reduce prison overcrowding

[JURIST] The French Senate [official website, in French] adopted a law [materials, in French] Thursday calling for increased use of probation and other measures to reduce prison overcrowding. France’s prison system has become increasingly overcrowded in past years, and it reportedly does little to discourage reoffending. The population of these prisons has grown by a third over the past decade to 70,000 due to harsh sentencing laws adopted under former president Nicolas Sarkozy [BBC profile]. The new legislation [Reuters report]…


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