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New report says Europe's prison population is shrinking

Report co-author Marcelo Aebi explains why
3'57" 2 April 2019 Council of Europe Strasbourg
The Council of Europe has published its latest report into the state of Europe’s jails and the headline figures show the rate at which people are being sent to prison has dropped by around seven percent.

The overall imprisonment rate in Europe fell by 6.6% between 2016 and 2018 - from 109.7 to 102.5 inmates per 100,000 inhabitants- according to the Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics for 2018.

Countries with particularly high incarceration rates continued to be Russia (418.3 inmates per 100,000 inhabitants), Georgia (252.2), Azerbaijan (235), Lithuania (234.9), Republic of Moldova (215.2), Czech Republic (208.8), Latvia (194.6), Poland (194.4) and Estonia (191.4). The lowest incarceration rates were found in Iceland (46.8), Finland (51.1), Netherlands (54.4), Sweden (56.5), Denmark (63.2), Slovenia (61.1) and Norway (65.4).
 

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