Greek Prisons Won’t Take Any More Inmates, Kathimerini Reports

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, Kathimerini reported.

Cramped conditions at the three jails, which also include Tripoli in southern Greece and Halkida in the north, pose a health and security risk and mean even temporary prisoners can’t be accepted, the Athens-based newspaper said, citing a letter to judicial authorities from the three governors.

Most Greek jails are filled to at least double their capacity, with more than 12,700 people behind bars throughout the country, almost half of them foreigners, Kathimerini said.

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