2nd April 2019
The Council of Europe (CoE) has published 'SPACE I' Annual Penal Statistics: Prison Populations 2018. The report contains a detailed breakdown of penological trends across Europe. Forty-five (45) out of the 52 Prison Administrations in the 47 Council of Europe member states answered the SPACE I 2018 questionnaire, which corresponds to a participation rate of 87%. 44 questionnaires were included as complete. The findings presented in the report were validated by internal, cross-national and peer review procedures.
NOTE: Since the present SPACE I report, the date of reference for stock indicators refers to 31st January of the year preceding the publication instead of 1st September of the year before that one, as it was the case from 1983 to 2016. The aim of that change of date is to publish the latest available data. Other indicators in the 2018 report use the 2017 year. Due to this change, there are no SPACE reports for 2017.
Key findings from a European perspective:
Key findings from an Irish perspective:
Read the SPACE I Annual Penal Statistics: Prison Populations 2018 here.
Key findings of the SPACE I Annual Penal Statistics: Prison Populations 2018 report are available here.
If you would like to compare these findings to SPACE I 2016, you can find the report here.
Respect for rights in the penal system with prison as a last resort.