The number of complaints from prisoners about prison conditions has increased sevenfold in Lithuania since 2012.
According to a judge from the Vilnius Regional Administrative Court, in 2016 this court alone awarded almost a million euros to prisoners in compensation for the harm suffered due to degrading, unsanitary conditions and overcrowding.
These complaints made up almost 30% of all cases the court examined that year.
Appeals are also reaching Strasbourg, with eight cases currently before the European Court of Human Rights regarding insufficient compensation awarded by national courts. More (in Lithuanian).