The Hungarian National Command of the Penitentiary Service (BvOP) is building a new maximum-security prison in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County, with a capacity of 1,500 prisoners.
The facility will provide jobs for almost 700 people in a settlement near the Romanian border.
“In Csenger, from January, the salary of a prison warden will reach HUF 400,000 a month (€1,060), and the minimum requirement for applying is a vocational qualification,” György Makula told Index.
The communications director of the BvOP added that the prison service has been prioritizing the expansion of accommodation for years.
Capacity for a maximum 1,500 inmates
Makula said that they will need around 700 staff to run the new institution and have opened a recruitment office in Csenger for those interested.
The training of the new correctional officers has already begun: Four classes have started their basic penitentiary studies, he added, revealing that the admission procedure and the 14-week basic training will be carried out locally in Csenger and that applicants will receive full pay throughout the training period.
Minister of Interior Sándor Pintér admitted at a hearing of the Parliament’s Defence and Law Enforcement Committee on Tuesday that Hungarian prisons are overcrowded; however, he added that container prisons have reduced overcrowding in the short-term pending the construction of the new facility.
The interior minister said that the Csenger prison would accommodate 1,000 prisoners in the first phase, with a second phase to add another 500 places. He pointed out that the overcrowding in prisons was largely caused by people smugglers.