Monday, February 4, 2019

Foreign Prisoners Rising in German Jails

The number of foreign inmates in German prisons is increasing at an alarming rate, according local media. The proportion of foreign prisoners in 2 of the country’s major cities has already surpassed half of the prison population.
"In Hamburg, the number of foreign prisoners has risen from 55% to 61% since 2016 and from 43% to 51% in Berlin," reports Germany’s Young Freedom. Multiple cities throughout the nation are experiencing similar surging demographic trends.
"In Baden-Württemberg, the proportion increased from 44% to 48%, in Lower Saxony from 29% to 33%, in Rhineland-Palatinate from 26% to 30%, in Bremen from 35% to 41%, in Schleswig-Holstein from 28% to 34% and in the Saarland of 24% to 27% too," says Young Freedom. "In Hessen the [amount] has increased in the past 3 years from 44.1% to 44.6%. Bavaria registered an increase from 31% to 45% since 2012."
These numbers come after an April report revealing that German's becoming a foreign language in the country’s own prisons. The drop in the nation's official language is linked to the migrant crisis and is now making the prisons harder to manage, according to a prison committee chairman.
"The trend's intensified [since] the year 2015," said the chairman. "It's obvious that the wave of immigration has to do with it. In my view, nobody was prepared for such a development."
Correspondingly, officials in Germany's neighbor France recently acknowledged their own prison issues linked to foreign occupants. The nation’s law enforcement's already stretched to their limits and prisons are becoming outlets for Islamic radicalization, according to French MP Valérie Boyer.
"There’s a shortage of prison space," said the French MP. "All while radicalization prospers, especially in prisons."

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