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Ukraine is among prison administrations with the largest prison populations

Ukraine is among prison administrations with the largest prison populations (52,973), along with Russia (563,166 inmates), Turkey (269,806), UK (England and Wales) (82,236), Poland (72,204), France (70,059), Germany (63,643), Italy (60,125), and Spain (State Administration) (50,612), that shows new annual statistics of Council of Europe on prisons in Europe for the period until end-January 2019.

According to the statistics of Council of Europe Ukraine’s incarceration rate (125.7 inmates per 100,000 inhabitants) is above the European median of 106 inmates per 100,000 inhabitants, but is far below such countries as Russia (386 inmates per 100,000 habitants), Turkey (329) and Georgia (270). 

In the context of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić stressed the need for relevant authorities to take into account the Statement of principles issued by the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) relating to the treatment of persons deprived of their liberty. “Prison administrations and all the relevant authorities should strive to resort to alternatives to deprivation of liberty, in particular in situations of overcrowding and take all possible measures to protect both the prison population and prison staff”, said the Secretary General.

Interview Marcelo Aebi Co-author European Prisons report 2019