GERMANY is fast running out of prison cells due to the refugee crisis, according to the country’s main prison union.
Around 30,000 migrants are being held on remand because they are deemed a flight risk and union leaders estimate that at least 2,000 of these will be handed a custodial sentence when they get to court.
Overtime costs are skyrocketing for prison officers – 440,000 man hours logged in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in the past six months alone.
Foreigners make up nine percent of the general population in Germany but over 30 percent of its prison population – and a far higher proportion than that of remand prisoners.
Anton Bachl, head of the Federal Union of Prison Staff which represents 38,000 members, said: “The wave of refugees is not without consequence for the German prisons, because more than one million refugees have come in the past year, with 30,000 criminal cases pending.”
He added: “The pre-trial detention figures have significantly increased – and specifically by foreigners.”
Full article: Germany is ‘running out of PRISON cells’ because of the migrant crisis gripping Europe (Express)