French prisons see record inmate numbers


The number of inmates in French prisons has reached the record of 67,674 people in December 2012 (118.8% of crowding rate). Hence, the proposal of the socialist deputy Dominique Raimbourg, which aims to avoid detention for certain types of offenses. Such as drug use, driving under the influence of alcohol or without a license, begging. The report suggests even to grant two-thirds of the sentence to prisoners who have stayed at least five years in prison, “unless the judge does not oppose with an appropriate justification.”

download Assemblée Nationale - Rapport d'information n.652, 2013