25th Oct 2016


Turkey to release 38,000 prisoners from overcrowded jails

Turkey is set to issue a decree to release 38,000 prisoners, justice minister Bekir Bozdag announced on Tuesday. Following the arrest of thousands of people in relation to July's coup attempt, some jails are reportedly so crowded that prisoners have to sleep in shifts. With some 3,000 prosecutors and judges among those who have been detained, Turkey's penal system is also overstretched.

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