Through History have Any Leaders Freed all Prisoners?

JoanOfArc007

Ad Honorem
Dec 2015
3,813
USA
Upon assuming the Throne or Kingdom, etc....have any leaders of history freed all prisoners. It is a controversial thing to do in and of itself, but the idea has certainly existed for very long. So have any Leaders literally emptied their country or Kingdoms prisons via a grant of freedom to all prisoners and what were the results?
 

Chlodio

Forum Staff
Aug 2016
4,484
Dispargum
In 2002, Saddam Hussein released nearly all prisoners after being unanimously re-elected in an uncontested election. If I remember correctly, there was a crime wave afterwards.