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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Jails Swell by 16,000

MOSCOW -- Russia's prison population has risen by 16,000 since the start of this year and 1,030,621 inmates are now held in the country's jails, an official said Wednesday.

The head of the Justice Ministry's prison administration, Alexander Zub-kov, said he hoped 93,000 inmates would be set free in May under a government amnesty that is now being drafted, Interfax reported.

Russia has the highest per capita prison population in the world, and the nation's jails often hold three times the number of inmates they were designed for. The intense overcrowding means inmates typically sleep in shifts and diseases such as tuberculosis are rampant.