Suffering at the Hands of the State: Conditions of Imprisonment and Prisoner Health in Contemporary Greece

Leonidas Cheliotis

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Abstract

With imprisonment rates rising in a large number of jurisdictions worldwide, evermore research attention has been paid to conditions of imprisonment and prisoner health. With a view to contributing to the emerging body of literature, this article offers a systematic summary of key findings from Greece. Prison establishments in this country are vastly overcrowded and material conditions of detainment are deplorable. Healthcare provision in prison is minimal, and the prevalence of serious transmittable diseases and mental disorders amongst prisoner populations is high, as are the rates of deliberate self-harm, suicide, and death more generally. Prisoner use of prescribed and illicit drugs is alarmingly common, especially as regards injection drugs, and drug overdose appears to account for the majority of deaths in custody.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-22
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Journal of Criminology
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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