Turkey’s ruling AKP to build 193 prisons over next 5 years

Turkey’s Justice Ministry plans to construct 193 prisons by the year 2023 when the country's next general elections are set to take place, pro-government Hürriyet newspaper reported on Wednesday.

As of Dec 2018, Turkey was home 389 prisons with a total capacity of 211, 838 people, Hürriyet said, quoting the country’s General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses.

Turkey’s prison population is currently 40,000 over its capacity with the country experiencing a record increase in inmates of 161.7 percent between 2006-2016.

This number has soared higher following the July 2016 coup attempt, after which the government detained tens of thousands of teachers, lawyers, students, judges and other officials amid an ongoing crackdown by Ankara on dissent.

Turkey has the third-highest per capita prison population in Europe, behind only Russia and Belarus.