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  • Age of criminal responsibility: The age at which a person is no longer excluded from criminal liability.  The lowest age is indicated for countries where there isn’t a single age limit, for example where different states have different regulations (such as the USA) or there is different limits for boy and girls (such as in Iran). The spectrum is specifically wide for the USA and Mexico (both 6-12 years). Several US states do not stipulate any minimal age for criminal responsibility at all. For further qualifications, exceptions and other notes, please refer to notes.
  • 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.
  • Drugs > Opiates use: Annual prevalence.
  • Justice system > Punishment > Capital punishment (last execution year): Year of last use.
  • Murder rate: Homicide rate per year per 100,000 inhabitants in various countries.
  • Police officers: Number of police officers per 100,000 population.
  • Rape rate: Number of rape incidents per 100,000 citizens in different countries. Figures do not take into account rape incidents that go unreported to the police.
  • Total crimes: Note: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • 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 > Murder rate per million people: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Violent crime > Rapes: The number of recorded rapes. Large numbers of rapes go unreported. South Africa is estimated to have 500,000 rapes per year, Egypt 200,000, China 32,000 and the UK with 85,000 rapes per year.
  • Violent crime > Rapes per million people: The number of recorded rapes. Large numbers of rapes go unreported. South Africa is estimated to have 500,000 rapes per year, Egypt 200,000, China 32,000 and the UK with 85,000 rapes per year. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Total crimes per 1000: Note: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • 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.
  • Murders with firearms per million: Total recorded intentional homicides committed with a firearm. 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.
  • Robberies: Number of robberies recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Violent crime > Murders: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population.
  • 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.
  • Violent crime > Murders per million people: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Burglaries: Number of burglaries recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • 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.
  • Prisoners: Total persons incarcerated
  • Rape victims: People victimized by sexual assault (as a % of the total population). Data refer to female population only. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Age of criminal responsibility (notes): Additional information, qualifications, exceptions and notes on the age of criminal responsibility stat, which indicates the age at which a person is no longer excluded from criminal liability.
  • 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."
  • Auto theft: Number of motor vehicle thefts (car thefts) recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Punishment > Maximum length of sentence: Maximum length of sentence (under life).

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

  • Murders with firearms: Total recorded intentional homicides committed with a firearm. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Prisoners > Per capita: Data for 2003. Number of prisoners held per 100,000 population.
  • Drugs > Lifetime cannabis use: Adult lifetime cannabis use.
  • Assaults: Number of assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Frauds: Total recorded frauds. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • 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."
  • Illicit drugs: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Punishment > Crimes possibly attracting life sentence: Possible other sentence.

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

  • 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.
  • Sentence Length: Total average sentence length served
  • Assault victims: People victimized by assault (as a % of the total population). Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevelence.
  • Drug offences: Drug offence cases per 100,000 population (2000).
  • 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.
  • Punishment > Minimum life sentence to serve before eligibility for requesting parole: Minimum to serve before eligibility for requesting parole.

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

  • 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.
  • Total crime victims: People victimized by crime (as a % of the total population). Data refer to people victimized by one or more of 11 crimes recorded in the survey: robbery, burglary, attempted burglary, car theft, car vandalism, bicycle theft, sexual assault, theft from car, theft of personal property, assault and threats. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Prisoners per 1000: Total persons incarcerated. Figures expressed per thousand population 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.
  • Punishment > Crimes requiring mandatory sentence: Mandatory sentence.

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

  • Judges: Number of professional judges per 100,000 population.
  • 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.
  • Prisoners > Female: Female prisoners, expressed as a percentage share of the total prison population. Data for 2003.
  • 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.
  • Property crime victims: People victimized by property crime (as a % of the total population). Includes car theft, theft from car, burglary with entry and attempted burglary. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Murders committed by youths: Homicide rates among youths aged 10–29 years by country or area: most recent year available (variable 1990–1999).
  • Drugs > HIV testing amongst drug users: Estimated percentage of injecting drug users who have been tested for HIV.
  • Judges and Magistrates: Number of Judges and Magistrates
  • Serious assaults: Number of major assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Punishment > Has life imprisonment: Life imprisonment.

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

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

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

  • Car thefts per 1000: Total recorded automobile thefts. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • Car thefts: Total recorded automobile thefts. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • 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.
  • Adults prosecuted: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Frauds per 1000: Total recorded frauds. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • 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.
  • Robbery victims: People victimized by robbery (as a % of the total population). Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Judges and Magistrates per million: Number of Judges and Magistrates. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Prosecutors: Number of prosecutors per 100,000 population.
  • Adults prosecuted per 1000: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • 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.

  • Prisoners > Foreign prisoners: Prisoners who are foreign nationals, expressed as a percentage share of total prison population. Data for 2003.
  • Prison staff: Number of correction staff in adult prisons per 100,000 population.
  • 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.
  • Bribery victims: People victimized by bribery (corruption) (as a % of the total population). Data refer to people who have been asked or expected to pay a bribe by a government official. Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Murders committed by youths per million: Homicide rates among youths aged 10–29 years by country or area: most recent year available (variable 1990–1999). Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • Murders committed by youths per capita: Homicide rate per 100,000 population aged 10–29 years
  • 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.
  • Embezzlements: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • Embezzlements per million: 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 > Pre-trial detainees: The percentage of the prison population that is being held pre-trial / on remand. Data for 2003.
  • 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.
STAT Portugal United States HISTORY
Age of criminal responsibility 16
Ranked 7th. 3 times more than United States
6
Ranked 58th.
Crime levels 30.77
Ranked 68th.
55.84
Ranked 30th. 81% more than Portugal
Drugs > Annual cannabis use 3.3%
Ranked 18th.
13.7%
Ranked 1st. 4 times more than Portugal
Drugs > Opiates use 0.7%
Ranked 3rd. 23% more than United States
0.57%
Ranked 3rd.
Justice system > Punishment > Capital punishment (last execution year) 1,846
Ranked 32nd.
2,014
Ranked 1st. 9% more than Portugal
Murder rate 1.17 5
Police officers 435.7
Ranked 9th. 79% more than United States
243.6
Ranked 27th.
Rape rate 4
Ranked 34th.
27.3
Ranked 9th. 7 times more than Portugal

Total crimes 218,360
Ranked 35th.
11.88 million
Ranked 1st. 54 times more than Portugal
Violent crime > Gun crime > Guns per 100 residents 8.5
Ranked 69th.
88.8
Ranked 1st. 10 times more than Portugal
Violent crime > Intentional homicide rate 1.22
Ranked 72nd.
4.7
Ranked 7th. 4 times more than Portugal

Violent crime > Murder rate 124
Ranked 56th.
12,996
Ranked 9th. 105 times more than Portugal

Violent crime > Murder rate per million people 11.66
Ranked 70th.
42.01
Ranked 43th. 4 times more than Portugal

Violent crime > Rapes 424
Ranked 30th.
84,767
Ranked 1st. 200 times more than Portugal

Violent crime > Rapes per million people 39.86
Ranked 34th.
274.04
Ranked 9th. 7 times more than Portugal

Total crimes per 1000 21.06
Ranked 39th.
41.29
Ranked 22nd. 96% more than Portugal
Fear of crime > Violent hate crime 9.83
Ranked 91st.
32.55
Ranked 31st. 3 times more than Portugal
Murders with firearms per million 8.68
Ranked 22nd.
32.57
Ranked 10th. 4 times more than Portugal
Robberies 197.3
Ranked 8th. 35% more than United States
146.4
Ranked 10th.
Violent crime > Murders 124
Ranked 56th.
12,996
Ranked 9th. 105 times more than Portugal

Believes crime increasing in the past 3 years 76.27
Ranked 17th. 17% more than United States
65.22
Ranked 44th.
Violent crime > Murders per million people 11.66
Ranked 70th.
42.01
Ranked 43th. 4 times more than Portugal

Burglaries 429.1
Ranked 20th.
714.4
Ranked 9th. 66% more than Portugal

Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > At night 64.41
Ranked 27th. 54% more than United States
41.84
Ranked 60th.
Prisoners 13,918 prisoners
Ranked 59th.
2.02 million prisoners
Ranked 1st. 145 times more than Portugal
Rape victims 0.2%
Ranked 17th.
0.4%
Ranked 13th. Twice as much as Portugal
Age of criminal responsibility (notes) Currently being studied the possibility of lowering the age of criminal responsibility to 14. From age 12 to 15 children are kept in juvenile correction centers. url= http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleID=3882 |title= Saving a generation of young people |first=Don |last=Brash |authorlink= Don Brash |publisher= New Zealand National Party |date = 21 March 2005 |accessdate= 31 October 2012}}</ref>; however, only 15 states have set minimum ages, which range from 6 to 12 years. States without statutory minimum ages rely on common law, which means that 7 is the minimum age in most states; for federal crimes the age has been set at 11.
Murders > Per 100,000 people 1.8
Ranked 100th.
5.9
Ranked 63th. 3 times more than Portugal
Auto theft 231.3
Ranked 15th.
390.2
Ranked 6th. 69% more than Portugal

Punishment > Maximum length of sentence 25 years None
Murders with firearms 90
Ranked 21st.
9,369
Ranked 4th. 104 times more than Portugal
Prisoners > Per capita 130 per 100,000 people
Ranked 64th.
715 per 100,000 people
Ranked 1st. 6 times more than Portugal
Drugs > Lifetime cannabis use 7.6%
Ranked 3rd.
51.6%
Ranked 1st. 7 times more than Portugal
Assaults 377.4
Ranked 12th.
786.7
Ranked 1st. 2 times more than Portugal
Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > During the day 91.1
Ranked 10th. 21% more than United States
75.24
Ranked 57th.

Perceived problems > Problem violent crimes including assault and armed robbery 30.17
Ranked 61st.
75.54
Ranked 10th. 3 times more than Portugal
Software piracy rate 43%
Ranked 79th. 2 times more than United States
20%
Ranked 106th.
Fear of crime > Worries about being attacked 27.59
Ranked 73th.
42.08
Ranked 43th. 53% more than Portugal
Frauds 4,882
Ranked 37th.
371,800
Ranked 2nd. 76 times more than Portugal
Murders > WHO 1.4
Ranked 145th.
5.6
Ranked 88th. 4 times more than Portugal
Illicit drugs seizing record amounts of Latin American cocaine destined for Europe; a European gateway for Southwest Asian heroin; transshipment point for hashish from North Africa to Europe; consumer of Southwest Asian heroin 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
Punishment > Crimes possibly attracting life sentence No life imprisonment sentence Varies by state
Perceived problems > Property crimes including vandalism and theft 42.03
Ranked 66th.
57.93
Ranked 28th. 38% more than Portugal
Sentence Length 21.7
Ranked 34th.
29
Ranked 30th. 34% more than Portugal
Assault victims 0.4%
Ranked 18th.
1.2%
Ranked 9th. 3 times more than Portugal
Drug offences 3,758 per 100,000 people
Ranked 25th. 7 times more than United States
560.1 per 100,000 people
Ranked 41st.
Fear of crime > Worries about being mugged or robbed 36.32
Ranked 56th.
45.01
Ranked 47th. 24% more than Portugal
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)
Perceived problems > Problem corruption and bribery 59.25
Ranked 57th. 40% more than United States
42.45
Ranked 69th.
Total crime victims 15.5%
Ranked 19th.
21.1%
Ranked 15th. 36% more than Portugal
Prisoners per 1000 1.34 prisoners
Ranked 64th.
7.02 prisoners
Ranked 2nd. 5 times more than Portugal
Perceived problems > Illegal drugs 34.11
Ranked 68th.
61.82
Ranked 19th. 81% more than Portugal
Punishment > Crimes requiring mandatory sentence No life imprisonment sentence Varies by state
Judges 15.6%
Ranked 15th. 44% more than United States
10.8%
Ranked 3rd.

Fear of crime > Worries about home break and enter 33.05
Ranked 69th.
48.52
Ranked 39th. 47% more than Portugal
Prisoners > Female 7.2%
Ranked 14th.
8.5%
Ranked 9th. 18% more than Portugal
Fear of crime > Worries about being insulted 20.47
Ranked 89th.
44.84
Ranked 33th. 2 times more than Portugal
Property crime victims 7.5%
Ranked 15th.
10%
Ranked 7th. 33% more than Portugal
Murders committed by youths 37
Ranked 48th.
8,226
Ranked 3rd. 222 times more than Portugal
Drugs > HIV testing amongst drug users 36%
Ranked 24th.
46.8%
Ranked 12th. 30% more than Portugal

Judges and Magistrates 1,368
Ranked 23th.
29,023
Ranked 3rd. 21 times more than Portugal
Serious assaults 6.5
Ranked 39th.
281.6
Ranked 1st. 43 times more than Portugal
Punishment > Has life imprisonment No Yes
Punishment > Life sentence under the age of 18 or 21 ?? Yes ( de jure )
Car thefts per 1000 2.95
Ranked 15th.
4.33
Ranked 11th. 47% more than Portugal
Car thefts 30,560
Ranked 18th.
1.25 million
Ranked 1st. 41 times more than Portugal
Fear of crime > Worries about things from car being stolen 50
Ranked 52nd.
59.02
Ranked 33th. 18% more than Portugal
Adults prosecuted 97,459
Ranked 16th.
14.2 million
Ranked 1st. 146 times more than Portugal
Frauds per 1000 0.471
Ranked 36th.
1.29
Ranked 24th. 3 times more than Portugal
Fear of crime > Worries about car being stolen 30.6
Ranked 66th.
42.04
Ranked 45th. 37% more than Portugal
Robbery victims 1.1%
Ranked 6th. 83% more than United States
0.6%
Ranked 16th.
Judges and Magistrates per million 131.94
Ranked 21st. 31% more than United States
100.91
Ranked 31st.
Prosecutors 11.6%
Ranked 15th. 32% more than United States
8.8%
Ranked 1st.

Adults prosecuted per 1000 9.4
Ranked 17th.
49.38
Ranked 2nd. 5 times more than Portugal
Punishment > Has indefinite sentence No Yes
Prisoners > Foreign prisoners 12%
Ranked 33th. 24 times more than United States
0.5%
Ranked 77th.
Prison staff 57.5%
Ranked 25th.
138.3%
Ranked 1st. 2 times more than Portugal

Prisoners > Share of prison capacity filled 111.4%
Ranked 77th.
0.0
Ranked 126th.
Bribery victims 1.4%
Ranked 4th. 7 times more than United States
0.2%
Ranked 12th.
Murders committed by youths per million 3.64
Ranked 51st.
29.48
Ranked 16th. 8 times more than Portugal
Murders committed by youths per capita 1.3
Ranked 50th.
11
Ranked 14th. 8 times more than Portugal
Jails 54
Ranked 32nd.
1,558
Ranked 6th. 29 times more than Portugal
Embezzlements 1,374
Ranked 29th.
17,300
Ranked 4th. 13 times more than Portugal
Embezzlements per million 132.52
Ranked 33th. 2 times more than United States
60.15
Ranked 39th.
Prisoners > Pre-trial detainees 25.8%
Ranked 85th. 29% more than United States
20%
Ranked 106th.
Jails per million 5.21
Ranked 25th.
5.42
Ranked 24th. 4% more than Portugal

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