Pledge to free up more prison space
Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos yesterday pledged to forge ahead with controversial policies to decongest prisons and to intensify a crackdown on corruption. Paraskevopoulos deflected criticism about a bill he passed under the previous government which permits seriously disabled prisoners to serve the rest of their terms under house arrest. Paraskevopoulos defended the bill as decongesting prisons while also offering a humane alternative to disabled inmates. He said he would declare additional measures, without elaborating, though he anticipated more protests “from individuals and organized interests.”
A bill aimed at inducting certain convicts who are addicted to drugs into rehabilitation programs is also in the cards, he said.