Belarus holds second place in Europe in the number of prisoners

2013 2013-05-06T16:00:26+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

As stated in an appropriate report of the Council of Europe, almost a half of European prisons are overcrowded. The greatest percentage of arrested was registered in Russia, then come Belarus, Georgia and Azerbaijan.

According to the expert assessments, according to the results of 2011 there were more prisoners than places in prisons in 20 out of 47 countries of the Council of Europe, reports the Russian BBC service.

The first place is occupied by Serbia, having almost 151 prisoners per 100 places, the second – by Italy(147/100). Penitentiaries are also overcrowded in France, Belgium and Hungary.

According the CE statistics, in 2011 Europe had the average of 154 prisoners per 100,000 citizens. The lowest percentage of prisoners was in Island and the greatest – in Russia.

According to the International Center for Penitentiary Studies, which drew statistics for 2013, Russia has 487 prisoners per 100,000. The second place is held by Belarus (438 prisoners), followed by Georgia and Azerbaijan.

According to the Council of Europe, almost 95% prisoners are men, whose average age is 33 years.

The greatest number of foreign convicts is registered in Western Europe (about 30%), whereas in Eastern Europe they comprise just about 2%.

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