Prison Escape Rate in Europe

Which countries have the largest number of escapes per 10,000 inmates?


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Map of the prison escape rate in Europe.

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On this map we can see how many inmates escaped per 10,000 inmates. These include inmates that were eventually caught.

This map almost seems to be an inverse of the number of inmates per 100,000 inhabitants. Countries with a lower prison population rate, have a higher rate of escapes from prison. The Nordic countries and the Netherlands have one of the lowest prison population rates, but also one of the highest prison escape rates.

We also see some countries with a smaller population (e.g. Andorra, Luxembourg, North Macedonia) that have a high prison escape rate. In countries with a small prison population, a small number of escapes can already raise the prison escape rate significantly.

The largest numbers can be found in North Macedonia (691), the Netherlands (315), Switzerland (284) and the Nordic countries.

There are also several countries that reported no prison escape at all. These are Albania, Malta, Montenegro, Cyprus, San Marino, Monaco, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Northern Ireland and Latvia. San Marino is no surprise, as they had only one prisoner in 2019 and no prisoners at all in 2020.

The data for this map comes from the Council of Europe’s Annual Penal Statistics.

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