Increasing inspections at Greece's prisons, making the terms of furlough stricter, transferring dangerous criminals to facilities outside cities, relocating the capital's Korydallos Prison and introducing more programs to help inmates are all part of an ambitious prison reform program being overseen by the general secretary for crime policy at the Citizens' Protection Ministry, Sofia Nikolaou.
Jailed terrorist Dimitris Koufodinas has had another furlough demand rejected by a court in Volos, central Greece, upholding a decision by his prison's parole board.
The hitman of the November 17 terrorist organization, who has been convicted to 11 consecutive life sentences over as many assassinations, had asked to spend Christmas at home in Attica.
A new bill to be tabled in Parliament in the coming days by the Citizens' Protection Ministry aims to tighten the regime for the transfer of prisoners to rural detention facilities, according to General Secretary for Anti-Crime Policy Sofia Nikolaou.
Nikolaou told Kathimerini that 200 inmates have escaped during transportation in the past four years.
An Athens court handed life terms to three Albanian convicts on Thursday after finding them guilty of the murder of Athens lawyer Michalis Zafeiropoulos in 2017.
Following a prosecutor's proposal for an exemplary punishment, the court sentenced Ibrahim Brahimai, who shot the lawyer, to life, plus an additional 11 years.
Officers of the Greek Police's anti-narcotics squad carried out a raid on the psychiatric unit of Attica's high-security Korydallos Prison early on Tuesday.
The search, which was carried out with the prison guards, yielded 19 packages containing 9 grams of cocaine and two containing around 5 grams of cannabis, as well as a dagger and six cell phones.
Officers of the Greek Police's anti-narcotics squad carried out a raid on the psychiatric unit of Attica's high-security Korydallos Prison in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
The search, which was carried out with the prison guards, yielded an unspecified quantity of drugs along with makeshift knives.
A security guard at Athens' high security Korydallos prison killed himself with his service pistol on Tuesday morning, media reported.
The 50-year-old man was reportedly on leave but showed up at the office of the prison's exterior security, where he served, and shot himself in front of his colleagues.