Thursday, May 05, 2005

Iran: One Iranian Imprisoned every 47 seconds

Adnkronos International:
Iranian jails are increasingly overcrowded with a new prisoner "crossing the threshold into one of the country's jails every 47 seconds," according to Naser Jafargholi, the director general for the programming of penal institutions in Iran.

At present, there are 130,000 people detained in Iran, one for every 524 Iranians, Jafargholi said. He announced that authorities are dealing with the emergency through the construction of a new jail, but he also claimed that the situation of congested prisons is even worse in some other countries.