Turkey releases 3 thousand more convicts to open up space in prisons for witch hunt victims

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By means of new decrees issued by Turkish government on Friday, three thousand more convicts will be released immediately on probation unless they are convicted of terrorism, sexual crimes or coup involvement.

In addition, a total of 10 thousands convicts will move from closed to open prisons. Last August, Turkey had released a total of 38 thousand convicts from prisons to make room for purge victims in overcrowded jails.

Earlier this month, the Turkish Justice Ministry announced that out of 381 prisons in Turkey, 139 of them were built in the last 10 years and 38 were constructed last year.

Currently 201,177 prisoners are being held in the prison system, 2,800 of whom are children between 12 and 17 years of age.

Justice Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Basri Bağcı informed Parliament in May that Turkish prisons are currently 9 percent over capacity, saying that some inmates have to sleep in shifts.

“There are currently 221,607 inmates in prisons. Prison capacity is 203,000, making them 9 percent over capacity,” said Bağcı during a presentation to the parliamentary Human Rights Investigation Commission.

Bağcı also said the government plans to increase prison capacity by 11,000 by the end of 2017. Seventy-six prisons are under construction, 113 prisons are in process and 18 more are planned.

Tens of thousands of people are replacing real criminals in Turkey’s prisons as a result of the purge that has been targeting journalists, businesspeople, academics and others from all walks of life without due process. (turkishminute.com)

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