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Three prisons to be temporarily closed over amnesty

21 January 2013

Prague, Jan 18 (CTK) - The Czech prison authority will temporarily close three prison facilities due to the decreased number of prisoners arising from President Vaclav Klaus's New Year amnesty, Deputy Justice Minister Daniel Volak told CTK Friday.

These will be the installations in Velke Prilepy near Prague, Vysni Lhoty, north Moravia, and Postorna, south Moravia, Volak said.

A total of 6.344 prisoners have been released on account of the amnesty. The prison population has fallen to roughly 16,300 inmates.

Due to the lowered number of prisoners, the Justice Ministry has redrafted its plans to widen the prisons' capacity.

Due to the overcrowded prisons, new branches of prisons were to open in the three towns.

The compounds, previously used as refugee centres, will remain temporarily closed and will not accept any new prisoners.

"The closure is temporary and we will subsequently reopen them depending on the growing number of prisoners," Volak said, adding that due to the step no prison staff would be sacked.

The Velke Prilepy prison opened as a branch of the Prague-Ruzyne prison for women in January 2012. Its inmates were now moved to the prison for women in Svetla nad Sazavou, east Bohemia, where 302 places were freed after the amnesty.

The prison branches in Vysni Lhoty and Postorna were only to be opened. Their capacity was to be 500 and 200 places, respectively.

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