Over­haul­ing the prison sys­tem

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Pub­lic safety de­pends to a large de­gree on the state of the coun­try’s pris­ons, which are ad­mit­tedly in a com­plete shambles and un­able to cope with the mount­ing pres­sure. Re­cent events such as the es­cape of Novem­ber 17 con­vict Christodou­los Xeros while on fur­lough, to­gether with past in­ci­dents of a sim­i­lar na­ture, show that the sit­u­a­tion at Greece’s pris­ons has bur­geoned be­yond the au­thor­i­ties’ con­trol and must be ad­dressed be­fore it is too late. There has been no short­age of dis­cus­sions about the need for new high­se­cu­rity pris­ons, a com­plete over­haul of the coun­try’s ex­ist­ing pen­i­ten­tiaries and tougher reg­u­la­tions for spe­cific cat­e­gories of in­mates, such as ter­ror­ists and mur­der­ers. Surely the events of the past few days prove it is high time that th­ese plans left the draw­ing board and were fi­nally put into ef­fect. Sure, there will be the usual re­ac­tions against new pris­ons and tougher rules, but th­ese can­not be put first.

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