Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Turn Prisons to Hotels (Hungary)

Hungary is considering a foreign company's offer to turn four state prisons, built some 200 years ago, into plush hotels, reports said Tuesday.

The offer by an unidentified Spanish firm comes at the time when the Hungarian Justice Ministry is planning to build new penitentiaries, refurbish old ones, and demolish prisons located in downtown areas of cities, the Budapest daily Nepszabadsag reported.

The four prisons constructed in the 19th century are situated in central, residential areas in the northeastern town of Satoraljaujhely, the southwestern town of Szekszard, the northern town of Vac, and in Szeged in southern Hungary.

The buildings in the four towns are considered low security prisons and inadequate for inmates' activities, the Hungarian news agency MTI said.

Two new prisons currently under construction in Tiszalok in northeastern Hungary and in Szombathely in the west will accommodate 1,500 inmates, adding to the existing jail capacity of 10,000 convicts in Hungary's 32 prisons.

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