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Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire Members Stop Hunger Strike

A bill completed by Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos aiming at improving Greece’s prison system via decongesting Greece’s overcrowded prisons and foreseeing house arrest instead of detention in specific cases has caused a fierce reaction from prosecutors. There is a...

European Court Charges Greece Over Detention Conditions of Five Men

The European Court of Human Rights has earlier today ordered Greece to pay a total of 82,600 euros in compensation to five applicants, who had sued the country regarding their detention conditions in some of Greece's largest prisons; Korydallos, Larissa and Diavata. The...

Greek 'Saint of Prisoners' Receives Honorary Distinction

“I want to die doing my duty, or on the way to a prison,” said Father Gervasios, who is also known as the “Saint of Prisoners.” The Greek priest has received an honorary distinction by the Daily Newspapers Journalists'...

London Court of Appeals to Decide on Antonia Ilia's Extradition

A London court of appeals will decide within the next few weeks whether former Greek judge Antonia Ilia will be extradited to Greece. The case was heard yesterday at the British court and the hearing lasted six hours. Ilia was...

Georgian Inmates Cause Korydallos Prison Riot, 3 Guards Injured

A riot ensued this morning at Korydallos prison in Athens, Greece, as six Georgian inmates occupied the prison clinic after failing an attempted escape. According to prison officials, the six Georgian inmates were hospitalized in the prison clinic. The grandmother...

New Code to Allow Conjugal Visits in Greek Prisons

A new correctional code that will soon be put to the vote in the Greek parliament, will allow prisoners to have conjugal visits from their wives or partners. Greek Justice Minister Charalambos Athanasiou listened to MPs’ suggestions regarding the topic and...

Ankle Bracelet Introduced in Effort to Decongest Prisons in Greece

Greece’s Deputy Finance Minister Christos Staikouras approved on Wednesday, the release of €1 million from the state budget for a one-year pilot program by the Greek Justice Ministry, so as to fit inmates of the country’s prisons with electronic...

New Greek Prisons for Dangerous Inmates

Tougher detention conditions, separate prisons and specially designed cells, as well as no furloughs, are just some of the changes proposed for dangerous inmates held in Greek prisons, that are included in the new bill brought to parliament by...

Greek Prisons Overwhelmed By Drugs

(Original story in Greek by Irene Papafilippaki) For the past 15 years, Greek prisons have been changing. Not only did the number of inmates rise tremendously but also their “quality”, or type of offense, has altered. The reasons behind these...

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...