Slovakia's prison system is grappling with a shortage of funds while penitentiary facilities are overcrowded, according to a document prepared by the Justice Ministry about the country's prison system between 2011 and 2020 that was approved by the government at its session on April 13, the TASR newswire reported.
The ministry noted poor conditions for transferring inmates and outdated weapons used by prison guards. In its 18 jails and facilities where suspects are remanded to custody, Slovakia has the capacity for 10,615 persons, with 8,279 places reserved for those who have been convicted. In total, 8,567 people were serving sentences at the outset of the year, TASR wrote, based on the report.
The number of inmates has risen by 350 per year in the past few years. Given the increasing number of prisoners, a tense situation is developing in the prison system, the report stated. This is raising the risk of emergency situations, noted the report, which comes on the heels of a reported increase in suicides in the prison system.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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14. Apr 2011 at 10:00