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Turkey can't build prisons fast enough to house convict influx

Turkey has incarcerated so many people on terror and drug-related charges that its prisoner population far exceeds its capacity and overcrowding has become a thorny issue.
Silivri prison complex is pictured in Silivri near Istanbul, Turkey, September 2, 2017. REUTERS/Murad Sezer - RC168D4C5630

Turkey's prisons are overflowing, and not just with the usual suspects. Thousands of minors, including hundreds under the age of three, are spending their childhood behind bars.

Saban Yilmaz, Turkey's director general of prisons and houses of detention, shared some striking information Nov. 14 on the state of the prison system during a recent meeting of the parliament’s human rights commission. He was responding to widespread allegations of overcrowding and miserable conditions because of mass detentions and a sharp increase in prison populations after the 2016 coup attempt.

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