July 11, 2006 Novi Nite
The first ever private prison in Bulgaria will open doors next year, the state-run
television BNT reported. It will meet the strong need of prison space in the
country, which is anticipating to enter the European
Union on 1 January 2007. According to EU standards, every prisoner should be
provided with own space of six square meters at least, plus own lavatory.
Bulgaria does starve for prison space, a justice ministry official told BNT.
To solve this problem it is necessary to open at least 13 prisons, Deputy
Justice Minister Dimitar Bongalov
said. The location of the new private prison is yet undecided, but it may
rise in Suhodol or Slivnitsa,
not far away from the 2-million capital city. Though private, the
establishment will be still funded by the state and is expected to open some
350 jobs, Bongalov added.