Wednesday Oct 05, 201111:09 AM GMT
IPS head: Israeli prisons not suitable
Wed Oct 5, 2011 11:12AM
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Israel's Neve Tirza prison
Israel Prison Service (IPS) Director Aharon Franco has announced that there are several prisons in Israel that are no longer fit for inmates.

Damon prison, Ramle's Neve Tirza prison, and the Ma'asiyahu prison are among the unsuitable facilities, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

The Israeli regime currently has 32 prisons, where 22,652 inmates are incarcerated.

Currently, there are some 7,000 Palestinians held in Israeli prisons.

The prison service plans to reduce the number of facilities and to build larger prisons.

Franco completed his term as police commander of the al-Quds (Jerusalem) district in April and was immediately appointed director of the IPS.

Throughout the past six months, Franco has studied the organization and also reviewed prison procedures in other countries.

Franco also said that the standard in the US is to allocate eight meters of space for each inmate and the standard is six meters in Europe. In Israel, however, just four meters are allocated for each inmate.

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