The Danes are European champs in prison breaks

Italy, Germany and Spain had the fewest escapes

December 23rd, 2014 9:00 am| by admin
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When it comes to busting out of jail, no one in Europe does it better than the Danes – either that or the prison security is terrible – according to new figures from the European Council.

The statistics showed that from 2007-2011 there were on average 35.8 escapes from prison per 10,000 inmates. Finland followed in second place with 33 and Austria (24.6), Slovenia (22.7) and Cyprus (22.4) rounded out the top five.

Belgium (19.8), Portugal (18.9), Greece (10.5), Malta (8.6) and Sweden (8.5) rounded out the top 10 in Europe when it comes to prison escape.


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Prisoners who escape from prison in Denmark can be punished by anything from a fine to up to two additional years tacked on to their prison sentence, although longer punishment isn’t the solution, according to Eva Schmidt, the head of crime prevention council, Det Kriminalpræventive Råd,

“The law already permits punishing prison escapees – so the prisoners are already aware of that risk,” Schmidt told TV2 News.

“And it’s not reasonable to punish the prisoners for trying to flee. They have been handed down punishment and it is us who must ensure that the punishment is served.”

Belgium (19.8), Portugal (18.9), Greece (10.5), Malta (8.6) and Sweden (8.5) rounded out the top 10 in Europe when it comes to prison escape.

The fewest prison escapes in Europe occurred in Italy, where just 1.5 people escaped from prison per 10,000 inmates, while Germany (1.6) and Spain (1.7) followed closely behind.