DOZENS of Spanish prisoners are refusing to leave their cells, fearful of not surviving in the outside world.

The lags, who claim that their prisons are the only thing standing between them and homelessness, are pleading to be left to die inside.

However, there are not enough prison officers to look after these prisoners – who are eligible for early release – which is leading to severe overcrowding.

Lawyers representing the prisoners have admitted that they have been told not to ask for bail, because their clients are worried about being homeless.

The prisoners are allowed out during the day to work and return at night to sleep in a separate block.

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