Prisoner numbers in Spain down and majority of inmates ‘reformed’

NUMBERS DOWN: The number of prisoners in Spain has dropped since 2009. File image. Photo credit: Shutterstock

NEARLY seven out of 10 Spanish prisoners are rehabilitated, according to new government figures.

The Ministry of the Interior said the rate had reached 68.7 per cent, while reoffending was at 31.63 per cent.

Overall, the number of prisoners in Spain has fallen by 16,986 since 2009 to 58,961. The ratio of inmates per 100,000 inhabitants in Spain is 126, compared to 130.7 in September 2016.

The country has the tenth highest ratio of prisoners per population out of the 28 European Union member states.

The average sentence length in Spain is 18 months.

The information was revealed following a request about prison population sizes by Miguel Gutierrez, deputy of the Ciudadanos party.


  1. Sally I’m a bit perplexed with the figures quoted….Spain has some 46.5 million inhabitants and there are 58961 inmates …ratio of inmates per 1000 you say is 126 that’s over 1 in 10 of the population !…what am I not understanding with regard to the maths?


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