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Romania : 100,000 € to 18 inmates because of overcrowded prisons

Romania will have to pay close to EUR 100,000 compensations to 18 convicted inmates who have served prison sentences or are currently incarcerated because of the poor detention conditions in local prisons, following a decision by the European Court of Human Rights – ECHR in Strasbourg.

The 18 inmates have complained about the overcrowding in Romanian prisons where they have been serving their sentences. They have also signalled other shortcomings, such as poor conditions of hygiene, insufficient access to warm water, insufficient sanitary facilities, lack of an adequate place to serve meals, insufficient natural lighting and ventilation, poor quality of food, small courtyard, and even passive smoking.

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