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Prisons Won’t Take Any More Inmates

The governors of three Greek prisons, among them the high-security Korydallos jail in southwest Athens, are refusing to take more inmates as overcrowding is at dangerous levels.
Cramped conditions at the three jails, which also include Tripoli in southern Greece and Halkida in the north, pose a health and security risk and mean even temporary prisoners can’t be accepted.
In a joint letter to judicial authorities, the governors said they were unable to accommodate any more inmates “even temporarily due to excessively cramped conditions which pose a health and security risk”.
“There is no space anywhere except the bathrooms. We are closing because the prison is close to exploding”, Spyros Athanassiou, governor of the Halkida prison wrote.
Similar grievances were also expressed by Ioannis Anestis, the governor of Korydallos, which has seen a series of security breaches recently, including a hostage-taking last month. “We are unable to receive inmates due to the suffering and overcrowding of our institution,” he said. He noted that the prison was built to hold 800 people, but is currently housing more than 2,320.
Most Greek jails are filled to at least double their capacity, with more than 12,700 people behind bars throughout the country, almost half of them foreigners.

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