Army barracks to house minor offenders in bid to decongest Greek prisons

As part of its bid to decongest the country’s overcrowded prisons, the government is planning to employ disused army barracks for the temporary detention of people found guilty of minor offenses carrying sentences of up to two years, including financial offenses.

“We said from the outset that those being detained for serious and minor crimes should be separated,” Deputy Justice Minister Costas Karagounis told Parliament on Thursday, noting that authorities were also planning the introduction of an electronic monitoring system involving ankle bracelets to free up prisons even further, noting that the overcrowding problem was “huge.”

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