Mitic: Gnjilane Detention Center has a 300 bed-capacity – the same number Denmark plans to rent

Three hundred inmates from Denmark are soon expected to join approximately 1,600 inmates and detainees currently residing in all 11 prisons in Kosovo. This morning, the journalist and editor of KoSSev, Ivan Mitic, spoke about the news, which received intense media and public attention in the region, on the „Probudi se“ morning show.

The detention facility in Gnjilane/Gjilan, which is expected to receive 300 inmates from Denmark, likewise has a 300 bed-capacity, as per the data of the Kosovo Correctional Service. The Danish Minister of Justice states that Kosovo meets the necessary conditions. The minister and his Kosovan counterpart are expected to visit this detention facility on Monday.

Over the past two decades, the international community has continuously invested in the training and infrastructure of detention center services, and one such example is the new high-security prison in Podujevo.

On the other hand, other detention centers have been harshly criticized over the years, such as the Dubrava prison, where one of the biggest scandals occurred surrounding the death of Self-Determination activist Astrit Dehari.

While Kosovo says that it has surplus prison places, according to this year’s World Prison Brief, there are more than 4,200 inmates in Denmark, while the country has a capacity of 4,085, meaning that it has more than 100% occupancy. Also, the data indicate that more than 27% of prisoners in this country are not Danish nationals.

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