Turkish prisons are home to a total of 405 inmates with doctoral (PhD) degrees in a large variety of areas and career fields, while the number of inmates with postgraduate degrees stands at 2,190.

According to a report by the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses,  26,592 prisoners have at least one college degrees.

Following a failed coup attempt in July 2016, the Turkish government has launched a massive crackdown with mass detentions and arrests, as a result of which more than 600,000 people have been investigated to date on terrorism or coup charges and nearly 30,000 are still in prison.