Through History have Any Leaders Freed all Prisoners?

Dec 2015
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?


Forum Staff
Aug 2016
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.