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20 October 2018
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Number of prisoners up 15.7 percent since 2010

by TPN/Lusa, in News · 07-06-2018 14:05:00 · 0 Comments

The number of prisoners in Portuguese prisons has risen by 15.7 percent since the beginning of this decade, reaching close to a total of 13,500, according to the latest statistics from the Directorate General of Justice Policy.

Number of prisoners up 15.7 percent since 2010

This increase was recorded between 2010 and 2017, rising from 11,613 inmates to 13,440, with a higher incidence in females, which increased by 36.65 percent, while male inmates increased by 14.5 percent.
The most representative age group is 25 to 39 years old, although there was a decrease between 2010 and 2017, from 51.2 percent to 46.4 percent of the total.
The second most representative age group is of prisoners between the ages of 40 and 59 who, in the same period, went from 32.8 percent to 40.3 percent of the total.
More than three out of four inmates have only basic education (77 percent) and 2.3 percent have higher education.
With respect to the crimes committed, the figures show that in 2017, compared to 2010, there was a drop of 3.8 percentage points in the number of prisoners who committed drugs-related crimes and of 0.7 percentage points in the number of prisoners who committed crimes against people.
There are 48 prisons in Portugal.
In May, the Justice Ministry gave assurances that Portugal’s prisons were no longer overcrowded, with the number of prisoners totalling around 98 percent of capacity at the end of the first quarter of this year.

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