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Feb 08, 2017

Hungary to build eight new prisons to avoid overcrowding

The new facilities will be built in Kunmadaras, Békés, Heves, Komádi, Ózd, Kemecse, Csenger and Komló

The Hungarian prison service has announced that it will build eight new prisons by next year, according to reports.

Hungary currently has one of the most overcrowded prison services in Europe and recent EU guidelines have enabled inmates to take legal action against governments who feel their time in jail is inadequate.

According to MTI, the new facilities will be built in Kunmadaras, Békés, Heves, Komádi, Ózd, Kemecse, Csenger and Komló. In Kunmadaras the prison will have a capacity of 1,000, while the rest of the new prisons are designed to accommodate 500 prisoners each. The construction works will start in April of this year.