Gov t planning to open more prisons
<p>Budapest, July 23 (MTI) - Hungary s government is considering plans to build 10-12 new prisons to accommodate inmates sentenced under new, more stringent legislation for petty crimes, Interior Minister Sandor Pinter told reporters on Friday.</p>
Pinter said that the public security law package enacted on Thursday is designed to address what the government sees as the biggest problem in the countryside: an excessive number of petty crimes and inefficient investigations in such cases.
Among other changes, petty criminals will face imprisonment instead of fines under the new laws, and an investigating policeman will have the right to enter a home without a warrant in order to make an arrest, Pinter said.
The package will also ensure protection for local law-enforcement organisations in combatting paramilitary-style groups, and investigations of corruption will be made more efficient, he added.