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Country vs country: Dominican Republic and United States compared: Crime stats

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  • Believes crime increasing in the past 3 years: Crime increasing in the past 3 years. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "In the past three years would you say the level of crime in your community has increased, stayed about the same, or decreased?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Crime levels: Level of crime. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How serious you feel the level of crime is?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Drugs > Annual cannabis use: Estimate of percentage of 15-64 year old population who use Cannabis.
  • Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > At night: Safety walking alone during night. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How safe do you feel walking alone in this city during the night?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Violent hate crime: Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Illicit drugs: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Murder rate: Homicide rate per year per 100,000 inhabitants in various countries.
  • Police officers: Number of police officers per 100,000 population.
  • Prisoners: Total persons incarcerated
  • Robberies: Number of robberies recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Software piracy rate: The piracy rate is the total number of units of pirated software deployed in 2007 divided by the total units of software installed.
  • Violent crime > Gun crime > Guns per 100 residents: Number of privately owned small firearms per 100 residents.
  • Violent crime > Intentional homicide rate: Homicides per 100’000 residents. Homicide is the death of a person purposefully inflicted by another person (it excludes suicides) outside of a state of war. Homicide is a broader category than murder, as it also includes manslaughter. The exact legal definition varies across countries, some of which include infanticide, assisted suicide, euthanasia and deaths caused by dangerous driving.
  • Violent crime > Murder rate: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population.
  • Violent crime > Murders: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population.
  • Prisoners > Per capita: Data for 2003. Number of prisoners held per 100,000 population.
  • Violent crime > Murder rate per million people: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Perceived problems > Illegal drugs: Problem people using or dealing drugs. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How much of a problem are...) people using or dealing drugs?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Perceived problems > Problem violent crimes including assault and armed robbery: Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How much of a problem are...) violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about being attacked: Worries attacked. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......being physically attacked by strangers?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > During the day: Safety walking alone during daylight. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How safe do you feel walking alone in this city during the daylight?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Assaults: Number of assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about being mugged or robbed: Worries being mugged or robbed. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......being mugged and robbed?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Murders > Per 100,000 people: Intentional homicide rate is the estimate of intentional homicides in a country as a result of domestic disputes that end in a killing, interpersonal violence, violent conflicts over land resources, inter-gang violence over turf or control, and predatory violence and killing by armed groups. The term, intentional homicide, is broad, but it does not include all intentional killing. In particular, deaths arising from armed conflict are usually considered separately. The difference is usually described by the organisation of the killing. Individuals or small groups usually commit homicide, whereas the killing in armed conflict is usually committed by more or less cohesive groups of up to several hundred members. Two main sources of data are presented: criminal justice (law enforcement) measures (this series), supplemented by data from national statistical agencies, and measures from public health sources (see other intentional homicide series). These various sources measure slightly different phenomena and are therefore unlikely to provide identical numbers."
  • Fear of crime > Worries about home break and enter: Worries home broken and things stolen. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "How worried are you about....having your home broken into and something stolen?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Violent crime > Murders per million people: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Auto theft: Number of motor vehicle thefts (car thefts) recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Justice system > Punishment > Capital punishment (last execution year): Year of last use.
  • Sentence Length: Total average sentence length served
  • Perceived problems > Property crimes including vandalism and theft: Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How much of a problem are...) property crimes such as vandalism and theft?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Drugs > Opiates use: Annual prevalence.
  • Perceived problems > Problem corruption and bribery: Problem corruption and bribery. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How much of a problem are...) corruption and bribery?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about being insulted: Worries being insulted. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......being insulted or pestered by anybody, while in the street or any other public place?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Murders > WHO: Intentional homicide rate is the estimate of intentional homicides in a country as a result of domestic disputes that end in a killing, interpersonal violence, violent conflicts over land resources, inter-gang violence over turf or control, and predatory violence and killing by armed groups. The term, intentional homicide, is broad, but it does not include all intentional killing. In particular, deaths arising from armed conflict are usually considered separately. The difference is usually described by the organisation of the killing. Individuals or small groups usually commit homicide, whereas the killing in armed conflict is usually committed by more or less cohesive groups of up to several hundred members. Two main sources of data are presented: criminal justice (law enforcement) measures (this series), supplemented by data from national statistical agencies, and measures from public health sources (see other intentional homicide series). These various sources measure slightly different phenomena and are therefore unlikely to provide identical numbers."
  • Prisoners > Female: Female prisoners, expressed as a percentage share of the total prison population. Data for 2003.
  • Prisoners per 1000: Total persons incarcerated. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about things from car being stolen: Worries things from car stolen. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......having things stolen from your car?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Fear of crime > Worries about car being stolen: Worries car stolen. Based on 0-50 contributions for Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria and 82 more countries and 50-100 contributions for Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria and 24 more countries and over 100 contributions for Australia, Brazil, Canada and 17 more countries. The surveys were conducted by numbeo.com from July, 2011 to February, 2014. See this sample survey for the United States, respondents were asked "(How worried are you about)......having your car stolen?". The higher the value, the more survey respondents believe it is high in their country.
  • Punishment > Crimes possibly attracting life sentence: Possible other sentence.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Serious assaults: Number of major assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Punishment > Minimum life sentence to serve before eligibility for requesting parole: Minimum to serve before eligibility for requesting parole.

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  • Punishment > Life sentence under the age of 18 or 21: Under age of 18 (or 21).

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  • Judges: Number of professional judges per 100,000 population.
  • Punishment > Has indefinite sentence: Indefinite sentence (excl. preventive or psychiatric detainment).

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Punishment > Maximum length of sentence: Maximum length of sentence (under life).

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  • Punishment > Crimes requiring mandatory sentence: Mandatory sentence.

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  • Jails: Total number of adult prisons, penal or correctional institutions (excluding temporary jail lock-ups). Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Prisoners > Foreign prisoners: Prisoners who are foreign nationals, expressed as a percentage share of total prison population. Data for 2003.
  • Prisoners > Pre-trial detainees: The percentage of the prison population that is being held pre-trial / on remand. Data for 2003.
  • Punishment > Has life imprisonment: Life imprisonment.

    No date was available from the Wikipedia article, so we used the date of retrieval.

  • Prison staff: Number of correction staff in adult prisons per 100,000 population.
  • Prosecutors: Number of prosecutors per 100,000 population.
  • Jails per million: Total number of adult prisons, penal or correctional institutions (excluding temporary jail lock-ups). Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Prisoners > Share of prison capacity filled: The percentage of the offical prison capacity filled. This is obtained by comparing the number of prisoners in a nation to the offical capacity of the nation's prison system. Data for 2003.
STAT Dominican Republic United States HISTORY
Believes crime increasing in the past 3 years 77.5
Ranked 3rd. 19% more than United States
65.22
Ranked 44th.
Crime levels 73.75
Ranked 5th. 32% more than United States
55.84
Ranked 30th.
Drugs > Annual cannabis use 0.3%
Ranked 27th.
13.7%
Ranked 1st. 46 times more than Dominican Republic
Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > At night 22.37
Ranked 14th.
41.84
Ranked 60th. 87% more than Dominican Republic
Fear of crime > Violent hate crime 32.89
Ranked 7th. 1% more than United States
32.55
Ranked 31st.
Illicit drugs transshipment point for South American drugs destined for the US and Europe; has become a transshipment point for ecstasy from the Netherlands and Belgium destined for US and Canada; substantial money laundering activity; Colombian narcotics traffickers favor the Dominican Republic for illicit financial transactions; significant amphetamine consumption world's largest consumer of cocaine (shipped from Colombia through Mexico and the Caribbean), Colombian heroin, and Mexican heroin and marijuana; major consumer of ecstasy and Mexican methamphetamine; minor consumer of high-quality Southeast Asian heroin; illicit producer of cannabis, marijuana, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine; money-laundering center
Murder rate 22 5
Police officers 303.5
Ranked 16th. 25% more than United States
243.6
Ranked 27th.
Prisoners 13,836 prisoners
Ranked 60th.
2.02 million prisoners
Ranked 1st. 146 times more than Dominican Republic
Robberies 556.4
Ranked 2nd. 4 times more than United States
146.4
Ranked 10th.
Software piracy rate 79%
Ranked 30th. 4 times more than United States
20%
Ranked 106th.
Violent crime > Gun crime > Guns per 100 residents 5.1
Ranked 95th.
88.8
Ranked 1st. 17 times more than Dominican Republic
Violent crime > Intentional homicide rate 25
Ranked 13th. 5 times more than United States
4.7
Ranked 7th.

Violent crime > Murder rate 2,513
Ranked 6th.
12,996
Ranked 9th. 5 times more than Dominican Republic

Violent crime > Murders 2,513
Ranked 6th.
12,996
Ranked 9th. 5 times more than Dominican Republic

Prisoners > Per capita 157 per 100,000 people
Ranked 57th.
715 per 100,000 people
Ranked 1st. 5 times more than Dominican Republic
Violent crime > Murder rate per million people 247.64
Ranked 4th. 6 times more than United States
42.01
Ranked 43th.

Perceived problems > Illegal drugs 72.5
Ranked 4th. 17% more than United States
61.82
Ranked 19th.
Perceived problems > Problem violent crimes including assault and armed robbery 78.75
Ranked 4th. 4% more than United States
75.54
Ranked 10th.
Fear of crime > Worries about being attacked 66.25
Ranked 4th. 57% more than United States
42.08
Ranked 43th.
Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > During the day 58.75
Ranked 13th.
75.24
Ranked 57th. 28% more than Dominican Republic

Assaults 155.1
Ranked 24th.
786.7
Ranked 1st. 5 times more than Dominican Republic
Fear of crime > Worries about being mugged or robbed 66.25
Ranked 5th. 47% more than United States
45.01
Ranked 47th.
Murders > Per 100,000 people 24.2
Ranked 16th. 4 times more than United States
5.9
Ranked 63th.
Fear of crime > Worries about home break and enter 58.75
Ranked 6th. 21% more than United States
48.52
Ranked 39th.
Violent crime > Murders per million people 247.64
Ranked 4th. 6 times more than United States
42.01
Ranked 43th.

Auto theft 30.6
Ranked 45th.
390.2
Ranked 6th. 13 times more than Dominican Republic

Justice system > Punishment > Capital punishment (last execution year) 1,966
Ranked 22nd.
2,014
Ranked 1st. 2% more than Dominican Republic
Sentence Length 48
Ranked 24th. 66% more than United States
29
Ranked 30th.
Perceived problems > Property crimes including vandalism and theft 80
Ranked 3rd. 38% more than United States
57.93
Ranked 28th.
Drugs > Opiates use 0.1%
Ranked 17th.
0.57%
Ranked 3rd. 6 times more than Dominican Republic
Perceived problems > Problem corruption and bribery 88.89
Ranked 4th. 2 times more than United States
42.45
Ranked 69th.
Fear of crime > Worries about being insulted 61.11
Ranked 3rd. 36% more than United States
44.84
Ranked 33th.
Murders > WHO 16.8
Ranked 34th. 3 times more than United States
5.6
Ranked 88th.
Prisoners > Female 3.1%
Ranked 90th.
8.5%
Ranked 9th. 3 times more than Dominican Republic
Prisoners per 1000 1.55 prisoners
Ranked 57th.
7.02 prisoners
Ranked 2nd. 5 times more than Dominican Republic
Fear of crime > Worries about things from car being stolen 62.5
Ranked 6th. 6% more than United States
59.02
Ranked 33th.
Fear of crime > Worries about car being stolen 51.25
Ranked 5th. 22% more than United States
42.04
Ranked 45th.
Punishment > Crimes possibly attracting life sentence No life imprisonment sentence Varies by state
Serious assaults 5.9
Ranked 40th.
281.6
Ranked 1st. 48 times more than Dominican Republic
Punishment > Minimum life sentence to serve before eligibility for requesting parole Varies, depending on sentence 15 years minimum to infinite, or never (depending on crime and state)
Punishment > Life sentence under the age of 18 or 21 13\u201315 : max. 5 years' imprisonment 16\u201317 : max. 8 years' imprisonment Yes ( de jure )
Judges 5.9%
Ranked 33th.
10.8%
Ranked 3rd. 83% more than Dominican Republic

Punishment > Has indefinite sentence No Yes
Punishment > Maximum length of sentence 30 years None
Punishment > Crimes requiring mandatory sentence No life imprisonment sentence Varies by state
Jails 32
Ranked 47th.
1,558
Ranked 6th. 49 times more than Dominican Republic
Prisoners > Foreign prisoners 5.2%
Ranked 45th. 10 times more than United States
0.5%
Ranked 77th.
Prisoners > Pre-trial detainees 79.8%
Ranked 3rd. 4 times more than United States
20%
Ranked 106th.
Punishment > Has life imprisonment No Yes
Prison staff 9.4%
Ranked 51st.
138.3%
Ranked 1st. 15 times more than Dominican Republic

Prosecutors 2.2%
Ranked 40th.
8.8%
Ranked 1st. 4 times more than Dominican Republic

Jails per million 3.58
Ranked 44th.
5.42
Ranked 24th. 51% more than Dominican Republic
Prisoners > Share of prison capacity filled 175.3%
Ranked 19th.
0.0
Ranked 126th.

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