Some vital statistics


From the interview given by Georgiy Radov, the first vice-rector of the Institute of internal affairs, to the newspaper ‘Zerkalo nedeli’

The number of the incarcerated in Ukraine is 480 per 100 thousand.

The proportion of the incarcerated from those tried by court is 36% in Ukraine. To compare: in Japan it is 3%, in the Great Britain — 9%, in Sweden — 8%, in Moldova the proportion fast decreased to 20%.

In Ukrainian preliminary prisons 48 thousand are kept, and only 36% are condemned to incarceration.

The cost of upkeep of one incarcerated equals 120 grivnas per month. The food per day costs on the average 8 kopecks per head.

In January 1999 only 208 people died with the diagnosis dystrophy.

The prison economy produced up to 20% of the gross national product in the USSR. At present young able-bodied people stay in Ukrainian colonies. 47,3% of them are under 30 years of age, among them 52 thousand are younger than 25. Most of them do not work.

During the first six months of 1998 about 62 thousand were condemned to one year of incarceration, about 60 thousand — to two years. Most of them were sentenced to the conditional incarceration, some got the postponement.

Last year:

4.3 thousand were incarcerated for the term up to one year;

13.7 thousand were incarcerated for the term from one year up to two years;

26.6 thousand were incarcerated for the term from two years up to three years.

The total number of the incarcerated for the term of up to three years was 44.6 thousand or 27.3%.

In 1998 about 80 thousand criminals were released.

During recent four years 35 new establishments were open within the penitentiary system, 4 of them are preliminary prisons.

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