A leaked picture has revealed that at least 16 children of incarcerated parents are currently housed at İzmir’s Şakran prison.
In the picture, which was tweeted by Journalist Sevinç Özarslan and reported to have been taken in May 2022, a group of children whose ages range from 8 to 10 are seen around a table with homemade cakes, cookies on it.
According to Özarslan, the total number of the children at the prison is 30.
The number of children accompanying their mothers in prison skyrocketed in Turkey in the aftermath of a coup attempt in July 2016. According to a statement from Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu in 2021, a total of 622,646 people have been the subject of investigation and 301,932 have been detained, while 96,000 others have been jailed due to alleged links to the Gülen group, accused by the Turkish government of orchestrating the coup attempt. The minister said there are currently 25,467 people in Turkey’s prisons who were jailed on alleged links to the group.