Pledge to free up more prison space

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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.

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