SPACE I evaluation of the short-term impact of the COVID-19 on prison populations (2020)
A special SPACE I report was published. It analyses trends in European prison populations from 1st January to 15th April. This period includes roughly the first month in which the COVID-19 pandemic started spreading in Europe and led most countries to impose lockdowns to their populations. Even if it is a short period of time (from mid-March to mid-April), the spread of the pandemic had a direct effect on imprisonment: The vast majority of prison administrations showed decreasing or stable prison population rates.