Georgia’s prison population rate has decreased more than any other country in Europe, a new report on Europe’s prison system reveals.
The country cut its prison population by more than 60 percent and this decrease was the highest in the continent, according to 2013 Council of Europe (CoE) Annual Penal Statistics (SPACE) that was published earlier this month.
The decrease was partially the result of amnesty and pardons.
Below are some of the assessments the SPACE report made on the situation in Georgia’s prisons:
Factors that influenced the prison population were:1. Amnesties: 8,718 inmates were released as a result of the application of the amnesty.
2. Individual pardons: 622 inmates were granted pardon.
3. Collective pardons: 3 collective pardons were applied during the reference period.
4. Other: 294 inmates were release due to the application of other decisions
The SPACE report did not cover the two Russia-occupied regions of Georgia, Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region as data from those regions was not available.