Pilot program for electronic surveillance of prisoners to begin in spring

A pilot program for the electronic surveillance of prisoners was expected to come into effect within the next two to three months, Justice Minister Haralambos Athanasiou told Parliament late Tuesday.

According to the minister, the implementation of the pilot program was expected to kick off in Athens and the northern port city of Thessaloniki before spreading to the rest of the country later on.

Overcrowding at correctional facilities across the country has prompted the government to examine the criteria regarding the release of inmates convicted over certain felonies, provided they have served two fifths of their sentence, the minister said.