Analysis Report

Annual penal statistics

SPACE I project is published. It released data about imprisonment use in the 47 member states of the Council of Europe.

On 1st September 2015, there were 1 404 398 inmates held in penal institutions across Europe. On the same date in 2014, there were 1 507 278 inmates (for the exactly same prison administrations and, in 2013 there were 1 529 447 inmates. The total number of inmates has been decreasing.

The median proportion of foreign inmates was 10.8% of the total prison population. The average value being of 22.6%. Yet, there are very big differences between countries, from 0.9% in Romania to 100% in San Marino. In 2014, the same indicator was 13.3%


SPACE I — 2015

Prison population rate, minorities, evolution of prison populations, length of sentences: read full report here