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Justice Minister: Slovak prisons best in V-4

Prisons in Slovakia are among the most effectively guarded in the Visegrad 4 countries (Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia), said Justice Minister Ján Čarnogurský June 25. They are not overcrowded, no escapes have been registered in the past two years, and there have been no mass riots by inmates, he continued.

Anton Fábry, the director of the Justice and Prison Guard Department (ZVJS), said that 7,491 convicts filled 82.4% of the nation's prison capacity in 18 prisons. Some 200 inmates are foreigners, 300 are women and 6,991 are men. Less than 2% are juvenile offenders.

The ZVJS has registered three prison escape attempts over the past two years, none of which were successful.

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