Prime Minister Jean Castex on a visit to Alsace called on Tuesday to “
reject the angelism of social determinism as much as the demagogy of the all-repressive », During a site visit to a Haut-Rhin penitentiary center included in the ten-year plan to create 15,000 additional prison places.
The head of government, accompanied by Minister of Justice Éric Dupond-Moretti, defended a penal policy “
which leaves plenty of room for alternative penalties ” but also “
which only makes sense if society accepts the prison response as a certain penalty for the most serious and intolerable acts », During a speech in front of the future penitentiary center of Lutterbach, on the outskirts of Mulhouse. However, for “
assume this policy », «
we need more prison places », Defended the Prime Minister.
The “15,000-space plan” must “start” 7,000 new spaces by 2022 and an additional 8,000 must be delivered by 2027. It provides for a total of 18,000 spaces created but also the elimination of 3000, in dilapidated centers.
16 sites concerned in all
Five sites concerned were already known: Muret (Haute-Garonne, 615 places, delivery 2026), Rivesaltes (Pyrénées-Orientales, 515 places, delivery 2026), Entraigues-sur-la-Sorgue (Vaucluse, 400 places, delivery 2025), Tremblay-en-France (Seine-Saint-Denis, 715 places, 2026), Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni (Guyana, 505 places, 2026).
Three experimental prisons focused on work and training of 180 places each must also be built in Arras (a project announced in February 2020 by Nicole Belloubet), Toul (Meurthe-et-Moselle) and Donchery (Ardennes), for delivery in 2025-2026.
Eight new operations were also announced on Tuesday, for deliveries by 2027: in Nîmes (Gard, 700 places), Le Muy (Var, 650 places), Pau (Pyrénées-Atlantiques, 250 places), Noiseau (Val -de-Marne, 800 places), Trélazé (Maine-et-Loire, 850 places), Crisenoy (Seine-et-Marne, 1,000 places), Vannes (Morbihan, 550 places) and one in the Val-d’Oise on a site still in the process of being identified (750 places).
4.4 billion euros
The overall program of 15,000 additional places has a budget of around 4.4 billion euros, “
the most important plan for fifteen years According to the Ministry of Justice. France now has 61,100 prison places. In January 2020, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) condemned France and demanded that it reduce its prison overcrowding and offer detainees a real remedy to put an end to the undignified conditions of detention.