History Professor Quoted in Article on Turkish Prison Releases
Howard Eissenstat, associate professor of history and Turkish affairs expert, was recently quoted in an international media outlet regarding Turkey's efforts to reduce its prison population during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Eissenstat was quoted in an article in Ahval, an independent news source focused on Turkey, about the country's efforts to grant early release to prison inmates in an effort to reduce the spread of the virus in that population. The article notes that while the proposed law would grant early release to roughly a third of its 300,000 prison inmates, the amnesty would not extend to political prisoners.
National and international media often turn to Eissenstat on issues regarding Turkey. He also currently serves as a nonresident senior nonresident fellow with the Project on Middle East Democracy think tank, or POMED.