IN ONE of the biggest investments in reconstruction of jail premises in Slovak history, Sk260 million (€6.1 million) has been put into building new cells at Leopoldov prison expanding the institution by 500 beds for prisoners.
Justice Minister Daniel Lipšic said the investment was related to the expected increase of prisoners with the introduction of a three-strikes-and-out system that would send repeat offenders to jail without parole.
"In the near future we expect an increase in lengths of sentences in relation to the introduction of the three-strikes-and-out principle into our criminal code and therefore we need to be prepared for the new situation," said Lipšic.
The Leopoldov prison will house the most dangerous criminals and, according to the minister, should become the biggest Slovak prison with a total capacity of around 1,400 inmates.
11. Aug 2003 at 0:00 | From press reports