About 3,500 inmates will receive their freedom in Cuba, an 'act of goodwill' as the Pope visit Havana next week.
According to the Council of State, prisoners to be released include women, inmates have not yet reached age of 20, sick and those who are about to complete their imprisonment next year.
This is the third time that Cuba released its prisoners before the Papal visit.
This act made by the state gratifies Conference of Catholic Bishops in Cuba.
Havana Archbishop Cardinal Jaime Ortega mentioned that many of these discharged inmates were imprisoned because of economic crimes driven by corruption.