Feature - Inside Meaux Prison
As of January 1st 2017, 78,796 people are in penal custody in France, of which 68,432 are serving prison terms. These figures represent an increase of 2.6% detainees since January 2016 (66,678). Prisons are currently overcrowded as the facilities are only designed to house 58,681 inmates.*
These figures are among the worst in Europe, frequently being noted by the Council of Europe.
With overcrowding, structural obsolescence, and poor inmate living conditions, the French penitentiary administration is facing the consequences of the declaration of the Emergency State, an exceptional law imposed...