Turkey's prison population rose by nearly 12 percent in 2015, the Turkish Statistical Institute said Friday, amid concerns over the capacity of prisons that lately have been affected by mass detentions of those involved in the July 15 coup attempt blamed on the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ). Men made up the majority of inmates at 96.3 percent according to the figures from Jan. 2015 to Dec. 31, 2015.
The number of prisoners stood at 177,262 by the year's end, indicating an 11.7 percent rise compared to the previous year. Most prisoners - 85.4 percent - were serving sentences with the remainder awaiting trial in custody.
The institute's figures showed most convicts - 17.8 percent - had been jailed for theft while 14.1 percent had been convicted of assault. Nearly 5 percent were convicted of murder.
Delving into the education level of convicts, figures showed convicts graduated from higher education institutions, were imprisoned mostly for opposition to bankruptcy and enforcement law that covers financial crimes.