COVID-19: what is happening in European prisons?

The following information on prisons in different European countries has been collected in the last few weeks thanks to the work of the European Prison Observatory members. Please note that the situation is constantly changing and that this information might already be out of date.
The information presented in the report published here and in the map shown below will be updated in the next days.

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Prisons in Europe. 2019 report on European prisons and penitentiary systems

In the European Union, over 584,485 people are currently detained in penal institutes. Countries with the highest prison population are the United Kingdom and Poland (with over 93,000 and over 73,000 detainees respectively) followed by France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, whose prison systems host around 64,000 detainees each. Prison populations have to drop of over 30,000 people to find the following group made up by Romania and the Czech Republic, with a little over 22,000 prisoners. The most numerous group of remaining countries follows at a short distance with numbers ranging between 619 of Malta, and almost 17,000 of Hungary.