Two prisoners who went on the run turned themselves in to the police for
unlikely sounding reasons, iDnes.cz reported. One of the two said he was
unfamiliar with the South Moravia Region he had escaped to and moreover had
uncomfortable shoes. The other called a police helpline after being beaten
The pair, who were aged 23 and 33 and had been convicted of theft, fled from an unguarded workplace in Prague at the end of last month.
The Czech Republic has one of the highest rates of prisoners per capita in
Europe, according to a comparative study conducted by the Council of
In 2015 the Czech Republic had 198 prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants, which is 6 percent more than in 2005.
The number ranks the Czech Republic 11th on a list of 49 countries monitored.
The overall number of prisoners has grown by 10 percent in the last decade. The number of jailed women is up by 48 percent.
The Probation Service has begun putting electronic bracelets into operation
for convicts allowed to serve sentences outside of prison. A defect in the
monitoring devices delivered in an earlier tender had scuppered a previous
Despite two general amnesties and efforts over the past decade to promote alternative sentences, such as house arrest and work-release programmes, the Czech penal system remains at overcapacity.
In 2016 there were 203 prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants in the country, about 25 more than in other post-communist EU countries, at twice as many as in Austria and Germany, where alternative sentencing is common.
There are more people behind bars in the Czech Republic per capita than anywhere else in central Europe, despite efforts over the past decade to promote alternative sentences, such as house arrest or work-release programmes. With the penal system at overcapacity, Prison Service officials have renewed calls for action.
More than 70 athletes, including nine prisoners and one ex-offender, are set to run in the Yellow Ribbon half-marathon in Prague at the weekend. The first of four races, the event highlights the importance of supporting the reintegration of former offenders within broader society upon completing their sentence. The charity race takes place on Saturday as part of the broader Sportisimo ½ Marathon.
Five years ago to the day, a wide-ranging amnesty declared by then president Václav Klaus came into effect, freeing more than 6,000 of the Czech Republic’s prisoners from jail. The move helped to ease the overcrowding in Czech prisons, but only temporarily. Today, prison capacity is filled up 106 percent.
Lobbyist Marek Dalík, one-time advisor to prime minister Mirek Topolanek,
turned up at Prague’s Ruzyne prison to start serving a five-year sentence
for corruption on Monday. He was accompanied by his lawyer and refused to
speak to journalists.
Dalík, who was found guilty of soliciting a bribe in connection with a hardware military deal, earlier claimed he was innocent of the charges against him and petitioned the country’s Supreme Court over the first four-year sentence. He later even changed his testimony to partially admitting having requested a certain sum of money.
After reviewing the case, the Supreme Court upped his sentence from four to five years. He has already spent seven months in custody.
A Prague court has quashed a lower court’s verdict that the death of a
prisoner from an overdose of methadone was solely a disciplinary issue of
misconduct. The municipal court overruled the earlier decision of the
Prague 4 district court which did not find a criminal case to answer.
A mix up over medical does with prisoners having the same surname resulted in the death of the prisoner at Prague’s Pankrác jail last year with one officer alleged not to have taken steps which could have saved the prisoner’s life.