Prison guards and inmates protest jail conditions

Greek prison guards on Friday vowed to extend action being carried out in protest at understaffing across the country’s correctional facilities until July 1.

According to figures provided by unionists, who launched rolling work stoppages on Thursday, facilities in Greece have an average ratio of about one prison guard for every 500 inmates.

At the same time, more than 3,000 inmates in the country’s prisons have gone on hunger strike over government plans to construct “type C” maximum-security cells at the Domokos facility, in central Greece.

The Justice Ministry’s general secretary for crime-fighting policies, Marinos Skandamis, has said that construction will go ahead.