Ireland records low EU prisoner rate

| January 23, 2020

Ireland continues to have one of the lowest rates of prisoners per capita in the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that since 2000, there were 77 prisoners in Irish jails for every 100,000 of the population.

Finland recorded the lowest rate in the same period at 56 prisoners per 100,000 persons while Lithuania recorded the highest.

Jonathan Claridge of the European Commission office in Dublin says the Irish figure remains relatively low compared to the EU average.

(Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge)


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