Overcrowding a major problem in European prisons: Council of Europe.

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Prison Officers at HMP Winson Green Prison in Birmingham, United Kingdom., take part in a 24-hour strike over pay organised by the Prison Officers' Association, 29 August 2007.

Overcrowding a major problem in European prisons: Council of Europe.


Overcrowding remains a major problem in European prisons. Despite a slow decrease in overcrowding, Europe’s prisons remained close to its maximum capacity in 2014, holding over 1.6 million people in total.

The UK has the highest prison population in the European Union, a Council of Europe report published today (8 March) reveals.

There were a total of 95,248 people behind bars in this country. Of the 50 prison administrations examined in the study, only Russia and Turkey had more inmates, ...


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