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Prison population and capacity in Italy 2020

In 2020, the operational capacity of Italian prisons was of about 50 thousand inmates. However, in the year considered, there were roughly 54 thousand prisoners incarcerated in all Italian penal institutions, about three thousand more than the operational capacity. As of August 2020, most Italian regions were affected by the overpopulation of jails.

Prison population in Italy

Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, the number of inmates in Italian jails remained rather stable. In the period between 2000 and 2019, the lowest prison population was registered in 2006, whereas the highest number of inmates in custody was reported in 2010. However, the number of detainees in 2020 experienced a decrease. During the coronavirus emergency, certain prisoners were released under supervision in order to reduce overcrowding.

Perception of prison overpopulation

Italians are aware that the number of inmates in the country’s prisons exceeds the operational capacity. However, in 2018 Italian respondents believed that the penal institutions in their country were more overcrowded than they actually were.

Prison population and capacity in Italy as of August 2020

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Source

Release date

August 2020

Region

Italy

Survey time period

August 31, 2020

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