Over 130,000 inmates in Turkish prisons

The AK Party government has pressed ahead with four judicial reform packages so far which included measures to shorten detention periods and accelerate trials, but these packages have not led to a drop in the number of those imprisoned.

Over 130,000 inmates in Turkish prisons

World Bulletin/News Desk

There are 130,364 convicts or suspects jailed pending trial in prisons across the country, according to data released by the Justice Ministry's General Directorate of Prisons and Houses of Detention.

Of these, 4,722 are women and 125,642 are men. Among all those incarcerated, 101,461 of them are convicts, while the remainder constitutes those who are jailed pending trial.

The data from the ministry also included information about the age and education level of those imprisoned. According to this data, there are 1,763 minors under the age of 18 in jail, and only one-third of these minors have been convicted of a crime; the rest are jailed pending trial.

There are 7,004 inmates aged 18-20 and more than 83,000 aged 21-39. The number of elderly inmates, those over age 65, is 1,829, and there are 94 prisoners over 80 years old. Among the inmates aged 65-79, there are 49 women.

With regard to their level of education, data from the Justice Ministry show that there are 28 inmates with a Ph.D. degree among those in jail, 59 who have a master's degree and 3,770 university graduates. There are 4,175 illiterate inmates, while the number of those who are literate but did not go to school is 5,179. The majority of the prison population, 54,909 inmates, are primary school graduates.

Before the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) came to power in 2002, there were 55,000 individuals in jail in Turkey. The AK Party government has pressed ahead with four judicial reform packages so far which included measures to shorten detention periods and accelerate trials, but these packages have not led to a drop in the number of those imprisoned.

Last Mod: 21 Mayıs 2013, 09:43
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