Turkey Is Releasing 38,000 Prisoners To Make Room For Coup Detainees
Turkey announced it will release 38,000 prisoners immediately to make room for the 35,000 people it detained following an attempted coup in July.By Grant Suneson | August 17, 2016
July's attempted coup in Turkey is turning out to be good news for thousands of the country's convicts.
The government is extending an existing probation program that will grant 38,000 prisoners an immediate release if they have less than two years left on their sentence.
President Erdogan's administration didn't offer an explanation for the program, but it should help the government find a place to put the estimated 35,000 people detained after the coup attempt.