Romania: wiretapping, secret service control and dire prison conditions, scrutiny of Romania justice system as the country hosts the EU Summit
Europe Justice RomaniaJean-Claude Juncker, the head of the European Commission, says Romania, which currently holds the European Union’s rotating presidency, must make further efforts to fully reach European standards on the rule of law. Mr Juncker’s comments were directed at the political wrangling in Romania over the…
Women Europe Access to legal rights Material conditions Social ties RomaniaConjugal visits are allowed for prisoners and take place in private rooms, located inside the prison compound. Cosmin Bumbut photographed those places, when they were empty.
Justice Overcrowding RomaniaThe inmates in Romania who are serving time in improper conditions may have their sentences reduced by 20%. The Chamber of Deputies adopted on Tuesday, May 9, the project that provides that, for every 30 days spent in improper conditions, an inmate would have his sentence reduced by six days.
Facilities Overcrowding RomaniaMarius Vulpe, the director of National Penitentiaries Administration (ANP), said Romania would need to build 8 modern prisons to solve the issue of prison overcrowding, News.ro reported. The new facilities could accommodate 8,000 to 8,500 inmates and would cost EUR 140 million each, resulting in to…
Overcrowding RomaniaRomanian minister of justice Raluca Pruna wants to simplify the way prisoners can be released on parole, to solve the problem of prison overcrowding. Thus, thousands of prisoners could get out of jail earlier. However, they will still have to meet some criteria, the minister said at local TV statio…
Material conditions Protest RomaniaDetainees in three Romanian prisons have protested against conditions, setting light to clothes and refusing food. The protest began in the high-security prison of Iasi this week where prison authorities said inmates set light to a cell. The protest spread to two other prisons.
Overcrowding RomaniaRomania 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.