There were fewer people in Norwegian prisons during the pandemic

Bergen prisonPrison in Bergen, Norway. Photo: Marit Hommedal / NTB

During the pandemic, there were fewer people in Norwegian prisons. Early releases, infection control measures, and closed national borders contributed to the decline.

New figures from Statistics Norway (SSB) show that there was a decrease of people in Norwegian prisons through the pandemic.

On average, 3,030 people were in prisons in Norway daily last year, which is a decrease of 8.5% from the previous year.

The exception is the number of people in custody, where the average number of inmates increased by 9%.

From March 2020, infection control was also prioritized in the prison system, which led to a reduced number of inmates between March and May.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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