Friday, August 28, 2015

'Advanced Islamist Democracy' Turkish prisons crowded with record breaking numbers.



'Advanced Islamist Democracy' Turkish prisons crowded with record breaking numbers. (Bugun).

The number of prison inmates in the country has reached 170,300 in the first seven months of 2015.

Before the AK Party came to power in 2002, there were 59,429 individuals in jail in Turkey.


  • There were 59,429 inmates in Turkish prisons in 2002, 
  • 64,296 in 2003, 
  • 57,930 in 2004, 
  • 55,870 in 2005, 
  • 70,477 in 2006, 
  • 90,837 in 2007 
  • and 103,235 in 2008. 
  • The lowest number of inmates in Turkish prisons was seen in 1974, when there were 24,860 prisoners in the country.

As of today, there are 2,165 inmates under the age of 18 and 8,017 inmates aged 18-20.

The ruling government, which already built 94 prisons between 2002 and 2014, is planning to build 207 more new prisons in the five years.

There were 212 deaths in Turkish prisons in the first seven months of 2015, according to a report, putting the death tally on course to beat the previous worst year for prison deaths in the country in the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government's 13-year rule.

Of the 212 deaths in Turkey's prisons, 176 detainees died from natural causes, 29 committed suicide and seven more died from other causes. This number is strikingly higher than the 2005 total figure of 59 deaths, but lower than 2014's 380 — the most under an AK Party government.

According the figures given by the Justice Ministry,

  • 89 prisoners died in 2002, 
  • 163 in 2003, 
  • 54 in 2004 
  • and 59 in 2005. 
  • After that, these figures spiked to 157 in 2006, 
  • 178 in 2007, 
  • 211 in 2008, 
  • 287 in 2009, 
  • 307 in 2010, 
  • 321 in 2011, 
  • 345 in 2012, 
  • 316 in 2013 
  • and 380 in 2014. Hmmmm.....Erdogan : "those who are neutral will be disposed off"

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