The Civil Society in the Penal System Association (Ceza İnfaz Sisteminde Sivil Toplum Derneği, CISST) was founded in 2006 in Istanbul. CISST works to protect the rights and liberties of prisoners and to provide that the rights, conditions, and practices in prisons in Turkey comply with human dignity and universal standards of human rights.
CISST is against perceptions and discourses that stigmatize prisoners or view them as a monolithic group, it thus centralizes the development of a rights-based understanding and language in all its works. In line with this stance, CISST adopts an inclusive and holistic human rights approach, bringing into focus the situations of various groups of prisoners with diverse needs, namely the LGBTI+, disabled, elderly, foreign, women, child, or sick people in prisons, those sentenced to aggravated imprisonment for life, and worker and student prisoners.
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from 248 prisons
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According to the latest* figures, there are 349.893 convicts in 399 prisons, of which 89 are open prisons, 4 are juvenile reformatories, 10 are women’s closed prisons, 7 are women’s open prisons, and 9 are closed juvenile prisons. The total capacity of the prisons is 289.974, resulting in 20,66% over the capacity of the prisons.
İThese figures have been taken from different sources at different dates due to a lack of publicly available data. As a result, there are some discrepancies between the figures.
Experts who maintain communication with prisoners,
disseminates the news published on the subject and the news they create based on their own knowledge or observations through blogs.
In this way, a resource is created where the public can follow up-to-date information about prisons, developments and problems experienced by prisoners.