OPINION

Prisons and poor security

Almost nonexistent security at the country?s prisons is yet one more item on the long list of things that are rarely encountered in civilized nations, apart from Greece.

Poor management, corruption and skewed unionism have turned Greek correctional facilities into one more rotting piece of the ailing state. Guns and other contraband make their way in and out of prison walls without hindrance, while detainees are allowed free use of mobile phones, and, as a result, can organize and coordinate all sorts of criminal activities whether they take place inside jails or outside them.

A procession of justice ministers has failed to improve the situation in any real way, even by banning or controlling the use of mobile phones or better monitoring the contact prisoners have with the outside world.

The simple fact is that the Greek prison system needs to be demolished and rebuilt from the bottom up, much like many other sectors of the state that have been eroded to the core by inept politicians, shortsighted unionists and rampant corruption.