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Estimated and actual occupancy level of prisons in the Netherlands and Belgium 2018

The statistic displays the results of a survey conducted by Ipsos regarding the estimated and actual occupancy level of prisons in Belgium and the Netherlands in 2018. The survey results show that as of 2018, prisons in Belgium had a higher occupancy level than prisons in the Netherlands, with Belgian prisons operating at 110 percent of capacity. Survey respondents in both Belgium and the Netherlands overestimated the occupancy level of prisons. Belgian respondents overestimated the occupancy level of prisons by roughly 40 percent, while Dutch respondents overestimated the number of people incarcerated by nearly 20 percent.

What do you think the occupancy level of prisons in your country is?*

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Source

Release date

December 2018

Region

Belgium, Netherlands

Survey time period

September 28, 2018 to October 16, 2018

Number of respondents

1,000**

Age group

16-64 years

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* The question was phrased by the source as follows: "What do you think the occupancy level of prisons in [COUNTRY] is?"

The source adds the following information: "By occupancy level, we mean, how full do you think prisons in your country are, with 0 being empty, 100 being full and 200 being at double the capacity."

** 500 respondents for Belgium and 500 for the Netherlands.

The results have been weighted to represent the entire population.

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