The drop in the number of inmates in Catalan prisons continues

During the summer of 2016 the number of inmates in Catalonia’s penal institutions continues to fall. This drop began in mid 2010, when the number of inmates was almost 11.000. Currently, there are nearly 8,800 prisoners in Catalonia, which means 2,200 less.

7.12.2011 6.6.2012 2.1.2013 5.6.2013 1.1.2014 4.6.2014 7.1.2015 3.6.2015 6.1.2016 15.6.2016
TOTAL INMATES 10.601 10.475 10.032 10.101 9.810 9.734 9.307 9.222 8.785 8.810
Convicts 8.605 8.612 8.266 8.399 8.277 8.349 7.945 8.042 7.588 7.594
Preventive 1.996 1.863 1.766 1.702 1.532 1.385 1.362 1.180 1.217 1.216
 
Men 9.848 9.762 9.369 9.436 9.168 9.092 8.675 8.588 8.174 8.211
Women 753 713 663 665 642 642 632 634 611 599
 
Spanish 5.784 5.713 5.495 5.560 5.469 5.507 5.241 5.263 4.973 5.027
Foreigners 4.817 4.762 4.537 4.541 4.341 4.227 4.066 3.959 3.812 3.783
EU citizens 686 714 648 701 623 669 676 667 584 629

Source: Based on data provided by the Department of Justice

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If the data in the graph is analysed, apart from the fall in the number of inmates, in recent years there has also been an increase in the number of convicted inmates, which has risen from 81% of the total in 2011 to 86% on average in 2016. Therefore, the number of preventive inmates has decreased from 23% of the total in 2011 to 16% in 2016.

Concerning the evolution of inmates according to gender, overall figures have gone down for both groups. By percentage, there has been a very slight rise among men and, therefore, a slight drop in the percentage of women. Whereas in 2011 there was 92.9% of male inmates and 7.1% women, in 2016 there are 93.2% men and 6.8% women.

In relation to inmates in accordance with origin, the evolution is the opposite of that which occurred until 2011. At that time inmates of Spanish nationality accounted for 54.5% of the total number of inmates in Catalan prisons, but in mid 2016 this figure rose to 57%.

In 2011, foreign prisoners accounted for 45.5% of the inmates, 14% of which were EU citizens. In 2016 foreign inmates account for 43%, 17% of which are members of the EU.

These figures therefore reflect a reduction in the total number of foreign inmates and a percentage rise in the number of EU foreigners.

Data from Catalonia penal institutions

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