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Risk of riots in northern Greek jails due to overcrowding

With 600 inmates, Diavata prison has almost double the number of inmates it is designed for

Thessaloniki chief prosecutor says situation has reached the point where prisons are unable to admit remand prisoners, adding that the city's police stations have 400 remand and convicted prisoners in their cells

Jails in northern Greece are bursting at the seams and the risk of "riots and uprisings" is high, the justice minister has been told.

In a letter to Antonis Roupakiotis, Panayis Giannakis, the chief prosecutor in Thessaloniki, said that the situation has reached the point where prisons are unable to admit remand prisoners.

Located outside Thessaloniki, Diavata prison now has 600 inmates, almost double the number (350) it is designed to hold.
 
Giannakis described as "unacceptable" the detention conditions in police stations and service that transports prisoners to jails, adding that Thessaloniki's police stations alone now had 400 remand and convicted prisoners in their cells.

He appealed to the ministry to take all the necessary steps to make operational two new wings – which can accommodate 240 inmates, at Nigrita prison in Serres prefecture.

Giannakis said that the wings could open immediately if 20 prison officers were hired.

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