Number of prisoners in Russia fell to historic low
As of the beginning of 2017, there was about 630 thousand people in the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia's system.
As reported by the press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia (FSIN), the number of prisoners in Russia has fallen to a historic low, decreasing almost twice compared with the beginning of the 21 century.
Thus, about 630 thousand people – the smallest number of prisoners in this century – were imprisoned in the correctional camps and investigative detention centers of Russia as of early 2017.
The maximum was recorded in 2000. Then, the number of prisoners was 1.92 million people.
However, if we take into account the number of persons sentenced to punishments not related to isolation from society, the number of persons convicted during this period has not changed and, according to recent data, is 1 million citizens.
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