Cuba to release hundreds of prisoners as Pope’s visit nears
The Cuban government has announced that it will release more than 3,500 prisoners in a goodwill gesture ahead of a visit by Pope Francis.
The Raul Castro administration says inmates due for conditional release next year and a number of foreign prisoners are among those set to be released.
However, it says those found guilty of crimes against state security will not be eligible, raising concerns that several high-profile political prisoners will remain incarcerated.
The Pope will make a three-day visit to the island next week.
According to Cuba's state-run newspaper Granma, inmates with chronic health conditions, prisoners over 60-years-old and prisoners under 20-years-old with no prior criminal records are among those to be released.