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Nearly 24,000 University Graduates Incarcerated in Turkish Prisons, Including 298 with Doctorates

According to data from the Turkish General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses, there are 23,978 university graduates in Turkish prisons, including 298 with doctorates, 1,913 with master’s degrees, and 21,767 with higher school and undergraduate degrees.

The Turkish General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses published data for August 2023. According to the data, there are 2,157 children under the age of 18 in Turkish prisons for various crimes. Of these, 83 are girls. Of the 651 children serving sentences in Turkish prisons, 627 are boys and 24 are girls, while 1,506 are detained, 59 of whom are girls. Of the children in Turkish prisons, 220 are in open punishment execution institutions and 1,937 are in closed ones.

According to ANKA, the number of inmates over the age of 65 in Turkish prisons is 4,374. Women constitute 3,166 of these. Among those over 65 in Turkish prisons, 3,935 are serving sentences and 439 are detained. The most crowded age group in Turkish prisons is the 18-40 range, with 173,044 inmates. This is followed by the 40-65 age range with 91,032 inmates.

Additionally, out of 270,607 inmates in Turkish prisons, 38,391 are detained. 56,826 of the inmates are staying in open punishment execution institutions.

298 INMATES WITH DOCTORATES

When the distribution of inmates by education level is made, it is seen that 298 have doctorates, 1,913 have master’s degrees, and 21,767 are high school and undergraduate graduates. There are most primary school graduates in Turkish prisons. They are followed by 66,446 primary school graduates, 51,170 elementary school graduates, 49,796 high school or equivalent school graduates, and 49,028 middle school or equivalent school graduates.

Of those in Turkish prisons, 10,328 are illiterate, while 7,351 can read and write but have not completed any schooling.

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Data from the Turkish General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Houses reveals that Turkey’s prisons house 23,978 university graduates, which includes 298 with PhDs, 1,913 with master’s degrees, and 21,767 with degrees from higher schools and universities.

The August 2023 data also shows that there are 2,157 children below 18 years old detained in Turkey’s prisons for various offenses, with 83 of them being girls. Among the 651 children serving sentences, 627 are boys and 24 are girls. In total, 1,506 are under detention, including 59 girls.

In terms of the older population, there are 4,374 inmates over 65 years of age, of whom 3,166 are women. Furthermore, 56,826 inmates are housed in open detention facilities.

When dissected by education level, the prison population includes 298 individuals with PhDs, 1,913 with master’s degrees, and 21,767 with higher education and undergraduate degrees. Most inmates have only primary school education.

10,328 of the inmates are illiterate, while 7,351 are literate but have not completed any formal education.

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