Turkey plans to build 228 new prisons in the next five years
Turkish Ministry of Justice plans to match the growing incarcerated population by building new prisons, Turkish news website Gazete Duvar reported.
CHP deputy Murat Emir filed a parliamentary inquiry regarding Turkey’s prison capacity, the website said, asking completed and future prison projects.
In response, the General Directorate of Prisons stated Turkey has built 79 prison facilities in the last five years and increased the capacity by 66,451 persons.
According to the latest ministry records, there are currently 384 prisons in Turkey with a capacity of 207,279 people. However, the total number of prisoners exceed the capacity, by 228,983 remands and convicts, Gazete Duvar said.
The new plans for 228 more prison facilities aim to increase Turkey’s prison capacity by 137,687 more persons in five years, Gazete Duvar wrote.
The Head of Turkish High Court of Appeals, İsmail Rüştü Cirit, has recently said that about 2.5 million people stood trial in 2016, while less than half of them received fines or jail sentences as a result.
According to the World Prison Brief, Turkey has the 3rd highest prison population rate in Europe (285 per 100,000 people).
The country's prison capacity has doubled in the last eight years, but the prison population rate also doubled since 2008.