The High Court sitting in Nkhotakota on Thursday granted early release for 33 inmates from the district’s prison as a way of reducing the high number inmates at the correctional facility.
The released inmates were those who committed minor crimes such as theft and unlawful wounding but were incarcerated for falling to pay fines that the courts had imposed on them.
Out of the released 33 inmates, 32 admitted to have committed the offences and asked for an acquittal or community service.
Presiding over the screening process, Judge Dorothy Nyakaunda Kamanga observed that some convicts did not deserve the punishments meted on them as their offences were minor.
According to Kamanga, the prisoners might have failed to express themselves during their trials hence they got stiff punishments.
The judge however asked the freed prisoners to live exemplary lives to avoid ending up on the wrong side of the law again.
Nkhotakota Prison was built to accommodate 250 inmates but as of Thursday the prison had 498 inmates.