There are at least 230,735 people who were arrested and put behind bars in prisons across Turkey, according to the Justice Ministry.
In response to a parliamentary question by the opposition deputy Gamze Ilgezdi, the ministry said 230,735 arrestees were recorded to be in Turkish prisons as of Nov 1, 2017. The corresponding number was only 200,010 on Jan 1, 2017, the ministry data showed.
Of 230,735 inmates, 62,669 are behind bars over terror charges and about 90,000 have yet to be convicted of any crime, according to same data.
The ministry said last month that at least 22,000 inmates are forced to sleep on the floor as the prison population has exceeded 229,000 for the first time in Turkey’s history,
In August, 2016, Turkey released 38,000 convicts to make room for victims of an ongoing purge launched following a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016, in overcrowded jails. The ministry announced also in August that 38 new prisons were constructed last year.
Justice Ministry Undersecretary Kenan İpek on Sept. 6 said more than 50 prisons were under construction for the incarceration of people linked to the Gülen group, which the government accuses of masterminding the failed coup. The group denies any involvement.
Nearly 60,000 people have been put in pretrial detention over Gulen links since the summer of 2016.