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Spanish official criticizes luxury prison plans

May 9, 2013 at 12:18 PM

MADRID, May 9 (UPI) -- The Spanish interior minister questioned plans for a luxurious prison with flat screen TVs in every cell and an indoor pool.

Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz addressed the country's congress Wednesday and questioned the plans for the luxurious San Sebastian Penitentiary in the Basque region, The Local.es reported Thursday.

"It's unreasonable," he said. "The project must implement services that help to re-educate and reinsert interns into society."

The official said the project will soon be completed at a cost of $11 million.

Joseba Agirretxea, a lawmaker from the Basque National Party, criticized plans to slash the planned prison's budget from $148 million to $91.7 million.

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