Prison with very own production line .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#000000;} .hurriyet2008-detailbox-newslink:hover { font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size:13px; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:underline; color:#990000;} ESKİŞEHİR - Eskişehir’s open prison earned 6.5 million Turkish Liras from crafts and goods produced in its workshops last year.

Chief Public Prosecutor Gökhan Karaburun said inmates work in the prision's workshops to produce the crafts. "This way they have a profession. Those working in the ateliers earn between 120 and 170 liras each month," said Karaburun.

The open prison has iron and steal workshops, a furniture and sofa production atelier, a poster and plate serigraphy atelier, an ink cartridge atelier, a seized property depot, and a cafeteria and teahouse. The prisoners, and their children and wives who also work, are provided with insurance.

In 2008 Eskişehir’s open prison had 387 prisoners working. The workshops distributed 93,000 liras in insurance premiums, 137,000 liras for salaries and 52,000 liras in profit.

The prisoners produced much of the furniture used in courtrooms and judges and public prosecutors’ offices. The prisoners also produced tables, chairs, flags, the Turkish flag, posters, plates and an Atatürk monument.

The workshops cost 4.5 million liras to operate. The total profit from 2008 was 2 million liras. With interest income and other revenues the total income was 3.7 million liras.

Furnitures by prisoners
The furnishings in Eskişehir, Antalya, Gaziantep, Konya, Balıkesir, Gülşehir, Karapınar, Yerköy, Boyabat, Akdağmadeni, Edremit and the Silivri justice departments were supplied by products made by prisoners in 2008. "Additionally the furniture in Bakırköy Women's Prison, and the Kartal and Maltepe execution prisons are also prepared by Eskişehir prisoners," said Karaburun.

Eskişehir's open prison’s capacity is 276 people but it will be increased to 400 prisoners.