SPACE projects

The Council of Europe Annual Penal Statistics, better known as SPACE (Statistiques Pénales Annuelles du Conseil de l’Europe), include two related projects. SPACE I provides data on imprisonment and penal institutions in Council of Europe Member States. Information on non-custodial sanctions and measures are collected under the project SPACE II.

Data are collected by means of two questionnaires sent every year to the Penitentiary administrations and to the Probation authorities (or equivalent bodies of the Ministries of Justice).

Data collection and validation, which involve a multilevel counterchecking of figures, are undertaken at the University of Lausanne. Nowadays, the scientific staff working in SPACE projects is composed by :

-      Marcelo F. Aebi, PhD Criminology, Professor

-       Natalia Delgrande, BA & MA History and Psychology, MA Criminology

-       Yann Marguet, BA Law, MA Criminology

The SPACE projects have become part of an extensive European network. In each country, national correspondents are highly qualified staff employed at the National and/or regional administrations. Permanent contacts and exchanges with them are enriched by the collaboration with many international bodies (e.g. UNODC, International Centre for Prison Studies, EMCDDA, CEP)

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30th SPACE Anniversary meeting

The first meeting of the SPACE national correspondents was held in Strasbourg from November 4th to November 5th 2013. This 30th SPACE Anniversary meeting stood as an opportunity to meet persons from the Council of Europe member states, who are part of the collaborative network involved in the SPACE project.


Link to the Meeting information on the PC-CP (CoE) Website


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Annual reports SPACE I & SPACE II 2011 available online

SPACE I 2011


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Main Figures on 1st January 2013

SPACE I: Newest figures available here

SPACE II: Newest figures available here

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SPACE I & SPACE II 2010 available online




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