INFOGRAPHIC – France continues to suffer from a structural deficit of prison places, with a prison density higher than most of its neighbors.
Numbers are stubborn and that is why they are sometimes useful. The Council of Europe has just published its annual SPACE study, which carefully compiles the figures for the prison population in Europe and its characteristics. From these figures, it appears in particular that France is modestly above the European average in terms of the number of prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants. It has 105 when the European average is 103 prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants. A figure to be compared with what is done among our neighbors of comparable size and tradition.
So we can see that France is equidistant between Belgium and Italy on the one hand, which have respectively 93.2 and 101.6 detainees per 100,000 inhabitants, and Spain or Great Britain on the other, which respectively have 123.3 and 126.2 detainees per 100,000 inhabitants. The study notes that “since 2013, when it reached the record level of 131 prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants,
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