There are currently 69,301 students behind bars in Turkey, according to data from the Justice Ministry.
In response to a parliamentary question submitted by a main opposition Republican Peoples’ Party (CHP), the ministry said students make up one third of all prisoners in Turkey where 197,297 people are being kept behind bars, serving either pre-trial detention or convictions.
The ministry said the number of inmates who are registered to a school is 69,301.
The numbers were compiled from the the latest available data, recorded at the end of 2016.
Out of 69,301 students, 36,033 are registered to high schools or its equivalents, or to undergraduate programs while the remaining 33,268 remain enrolled in distant education faculties.
The number of students in prison skyrocketed by 25 times from 2,766 in May 2013 to 69,301 in December 2016.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, last year, after which the government launched an all-out war against its dissidents, especially the Gülen movement, Kurdish minority and academics from many different backgrounds. More than 120,000 people have been detained and 55,000 were put in pre-trial arrest since July 15, 2016. Those imprisoned included hundreds of academics, students, writers and journalists.