WHICH EUROPEAN COUNTRY THROWS THE MOST YOUNG PEOPLE IN PRISON?Posted: January 16, 2015
How does Britain compare with its peers when it comes to jailing juveniles?
It’s tough enough being a teen without being locked up on top of it. Below are European countries ranked by the percentage of young prisoners – those under 18 years of age. But first one important caveat.
It is impossible to obtain up-to-date, consistent data for all European countries, especially eastern European ones. So we found the latest and best available data – most of it from 2012 or later – from the International Centre for Prison Studies.
Here is the picture for minors in prison when we look at greater Europe.
JUVENILE PRISONERS FOR SELECTED EUROPEAN COUNTRIES (% of total prisoners)
England & Wales imprison more minors than Belarus and Serbia. Scotland does better, but still not as well as Russia and Azerbaijan.
Northern Ireland claims to have no juvenile prisoners, something that might need further investigation.
Technically, Monaco has a higher proportions of juvenile inmates, but we removed it due to its miniscule size.
AND NOW JUST WESTERN EUROPE…
It is unfair to compare the UK with less developed European countries, so let’s compare it with its European Union peers and see how it stacks up.
JUVENILE PRISONERS FOR SELECTED EUROPEAN UNION COUNTRIES (% of total prisoners)
Spain and Finland, which have the highest percentage of female prisoners in western Europe respectively, have far fewer young prisoners than most. As noted above, Greece and Germany have the most.
England, Scotland and Wales rank below Germany and France, but they don’t do as well as the Scandinavian countries when it comes to keeping young people out of prison.
More articles on juveniles in jail will follow soon.