OPINION

Tightening prison security

Some order finally needs to be established in the Greek penitentiary system, starting with explanations for why there are prisons whose construction began but was never completed and why security measures at existing facilities are often inadequate, leading to an unacceptable number of escapes, some of them quite dangerous.

One example of the lax security is inmates’ illegal use of cell phones – which are supposed to be banned from prisons – which allows hardened criminals to coordinate illegal activities from the confines of their cell. The recent jailbreak in Kavala is but one, extreme example of what can happen when inmates are allowed unmonitored communication.

Such serious oversights need to be rectified immediately, especially given the rise of crime in Greece.

The government must complete all of the projects that are already under way, from the operation of new maximum-security prisons to the activation of mobile signal jammers in prisons’ cell blocks and common areas.