EU countries must improve conditions in prisons and address overcrowding to protect inmates’ health, favour their rehabilitation and prevent the risk of radicalisation. MEPs defend alternatives to imprisonment when convicts do not present a serious danger to society, in a draft resolution to be debated and put to the vote on Thursday.
In 2014, prisons across the EU held over half a million inmates, including both those serving their final sentence and persons accused of a crime awaiting trial. According to the Council of Europe, the number of detainees exceeds the number of available places in a third of European penitentiary institutions.
Procedure: Own-initiative report
Debate/vote: Thursday 5 October