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Schrassig

Fifth of prisoners serving time for drug offences



A total of 547 people were serving a sentence at Schrassig prison as of 16 September this year Photo: Shutterstock

A total of 547 people were serving a sentence at Schrassig prison as of 16 September this year Photo: Shutterstock

One in five prisoners in Luxembourg is incarcerated because of a drugs offence, according to numbers published by the justice ministry on Thursday.

A total of 547 people were serving time at the Schrassig penitentiary as of 16 September this year, justice minister Sam Tanson said in answer to a parliamentary question. Around a fifth (108) were in prison for drug-related crime, the second-most common offence following theft.

The government at one of its next cabinet meetings will discuss a strategy to tackle crime in the Gare and Bonnevoie districts around the Luxembourg City train station. Around one in five offences recorded by police in the capital are linked to drugs. Of these, 60% are recorded in the Gare district and 25% in Bonnevoie.

The number of drug offences rose last year to 4619 cases, up 381 compared to the year before.

“We are not aware of any link between nationality and the different categories of offences,” Tanson said. Fred Keup (ADR) in his parliamentary question had asked whether there was a potential tie.

Tanson had previously said around a quarter of prisoners are Luxembourg nationals. Another quarter are foreigners living in the grand duchy. Half of the prison population was never resident in the country.