Turkey to spend $2 billion building 91 new prisons - Sözcü

Turkey’s Ministry of Justice plans to construct 91 new prisons by 2021 with an investment of 13 billion lira ($2 billion), Sözcü newspaper reported

The construction of 48 prisons has started, taking the number of prisons built since 2006 to 166, Sözcü said. 

The ministry plans to finance the construction of the new prisons by income generated through the Prison Workshops Institution, which employs some 58,595 prisoners in 180 different trades in 1,700 jail workshops across Turkey.

The institution earned 4 billion lira ($643,000) in 2018, Sözcü said. The daily salaries of prisoners in the workshops range between 14 lira ($2.2) and 17.75 ($2.8) lira, Sözcü said. Prisoners who work for private sector companies earn between 30 lira ($4.8) to 44 lira ($7) a day.