According to the Council of Europe Annual Penal Statists (SPACE) Serbia is a country with one of the highest mortality rates in European prisons.
The total number of inmates in Serbia in January 2019 was 10,871, which is slightly higher than the previous year, when it was 10,807, with prison overcrowding remaining an ongoing problem.
According to the study which covered the whole of 2018, and January 2019, the incarceration rate in Serbia was 156,1 person per 100,000, which is an almost negligible increase of 1,1 percent compared to the January 2018 statistics. The said rate in Europe is 106,1.
The mortality rate among Serbian inmates has significantly risen, jumping from 32,4 to 51,5 people per 10,000, which put Serbia high up on the list of countries with the highest death rate in prisons.
Serbia is also one of top countries when it comes to prison overcrowding, with 105,5 inmates per 100 available spots. When it comes to the number of prisoners per cell, Serbia, with its 4,5 prisoners per cell, as opposed to the European average of 1.4, has one of the most crowded prison systems in whole of Europe.
Over the past 10 years, Serbia has seen its prison population increase by 11,6 percent.