Cartoon 16: 61 Prisoners Released
Sixty-one political prisoners were released in the evening hours of August 15, and several more have received reductions in their prison term or reduced punishment. However, dozens of other political prisoners continue to be denied even one day of furlough. Most of the prisoners who were released had already served half of their sentences. Iranian law stipulates that inmates who have served half of their prison term may be released conditionally. A considerable number of political prisoners remaining inside Evin Prison and other facilities have also served half of their sentences, but have not been pardoned.