Prison population and capacity in Italy 2019

In 2019, the operational capacity of Italian prisons was of about 50 thousand inmates. However, in the year considered, there were roughly 61 thousand prisoners incarcerated in all Italian penal institutions, almost ten thousand more than the operational capacity. In 2019, only three of the twenty Italian regions were not 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.

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 November 2019

Number of prisoners
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November 2019



Survey time period

November 30, 2019

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