Malta’s Proportion Of Female Prisoners Is The Highest In Europe

Malta has the highest share of women in its jail population in the European Union, according to Eurostat data.

The proportion of women in jail varies significantly between EU Member States.  The greatest average shares between 2017 and 2019 were seen in Malta (9.8%), Latvia (8.1%), Czechia (7.8%), Spain (7.6%), Finland (7.6%), Hungary (7.5%), and Slovakia (7.5%).



Meanwhile, Bulgaria (3.2%), France (3.6%), Denmark (4.1%), Poland (4.1%), and Italy (3.2%) had the lowest percentages.


In 2019, there were 112 prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants in the EU, or one prisoner for every 895 people. In comparison to the previous year, the figure (prisoner rate) remains unchanged, and it is at its lowest level since the turn of the century.

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