2,622 minors serving time in prison
Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin addressed a question put forth by the Education Personnel Union (Eğitim-Sen) on the right of imprisoned and convicted minors to an education while Prisons and Penitentiaries Deputy General Director Hüseyin Kulaç noted that 2,622 minors were being held in prison as of Oct. 31, 2009. More than half of the minors are in separate sections allocated for them in adult prisons.
While education services such as courses on reading and writing, preparation for formal and informal education, distance learning exams, university entrance exams and vocational courses are offered, minors are also able to benefit from social, cultural and sports activities as well as library and counseling services. The Directorate of Religious Affairs provides classes on religion and “moral knowledge” several days a week.