Turkey to Build 165 Prisons - Reports

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The Turkish government is reportedly constructing 165 prisons in the country.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Turkish government ruled by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) is constructing 165 prisons in the country to cope with growing number of prisoners, local media reported on Monday.

AKP's move is caused by the fact that the number of inmates has been steadily growing since 2002 and increased by 287 percent in 13 years, the Today’s Zaman newspaper reported, citing General Director of Jails and Penitentiaries Yavuz Yıldırım.

According to the data released by the Turkish penitentiary system, there were about 355 detention facilities with some 180,000 people in custody as of January 13, 2016. Some 170,000 of inmates are male, while more than 6,000 are female and the rest are juveniles.

According to the newspaper, currently Turkey has capacity for additional detention of less than 600 prisoners.

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