Coun­cil of Europe to help train Greek pri­son staff

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The Jus­tice Min­istry has be­gun co­op­er­at­ing with the Coun­cil of Europe to cre­ate a spe­cial train­ing pro­gram for pri­son of­fi­cers aimed at im­prov­ing con­di­tions at the coun­try’s cor­rec­tional fa­cil­i­ties.

The co­op­er­a­tion was prompted by Efty­chis Fy­trakis, the gen­eral sec­re­tary for crime­fight­ing pol­icy at the min­istry. He met a re­cently with a four-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion from the Coun­cil of Europe to dis­cuss how its Com­mit­tee for the Preven­tion of Tor­ture (CPT) could help Greek author­i­ties.

“For a num­ber of years Greece has been on the re­ceiv­ing end of court de­ci­sions and fines for breach­ing hu­man rights due to the hold­ing con­di­tions in its pris­ons,” Fy­trakis told Kathimerini. “We thought we would ask for the Coun­cil of Europe’s sup­port so they could pro­vide the knowhow to im­prove our cor­rec­tional fa­cil­i­ties.”

The two main is­sues dis­cussed in the first meet­ing were train­ing pri­son staff and im­prov­ing med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties at Greece’s pris­ons.

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