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Country vs country: South Africa and United States compared: Crime stats

Definitions

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 > Murders per million people: Intentional homicide, number and rate per 100,000 population. Figures expressed per million people for the same year.
  • Robberies: Number of robberies recorded by police in that country 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: Intentional homicide, number and rate 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.
  • Burglaries: Number of burglaries recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Prisoners: Total persons incarcerated
  • 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 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.
  • Auto theft: Number of motor vehicle thefts (car thefts) recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Assaults: Number of assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • 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."
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • Prisoners > Per capita: Data for 2003. Number of prisoners held per 100,000 population.
  • Illicit drugs: Crime statistics are often better indicators of prevalence of law enforcement and willingness to report crime, than actual prevalence.
  • 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.
  • Drugs > Lifetime cannabis use: Adult lifetime cannabis use.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Frauds: Total recorded frauds. 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 > 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.
  • 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."
  • Sentence Length: Total average sentence length served
  • 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 > Crimes requiring mandatory sentence: Mandatory sentence.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Drug offences: Drug offence cases per 100,000 population (2000).
  • 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.

  • Prisoners per 1000: Total persons incarcerated. Figures expressed per thousand population for the same year.
  • 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.
  • Judges: Number of professional judges per 100,000 population.
  • 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.

  • Gun ownership > Guns per 100 residents > 2007: Number of guns owned per 100 residents in various countries. Following data relates to the year 2007.
  • Serious assaults: Number of major assaults recorded by police in that country per 100,000 population.
  • Prisoners > Female: Female prisoners, expressed as a percentage share of the total prison population. Data for 2003.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Punishment > Has life imprisonment: Life imprisonment.

    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.
  • Judges and Magistrates: Number of Judges and Magistrates
  • Prosecutors: Number of prosecutors per 100,000 population.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Judges and Magistrates per million: Number of Judges and Magistrates. Figures expressed per million population for the same year.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 > Pre-trial detainees: The percentage of the prison population that is being held pre-trial / on remand. Data for 2003.
STAT South Africa United States HISTORY
Age of criminal responsibility 10
Ranked 41st. 67% more than United States
6
Ranked 58th.
Crime levels 86.27
Ranked 6th. 54% more than United States
55.84
Ranked 30th.
Drugs > Annual cannabis use 4.3%
Ranked 13th.
13.7%
Ranked 1st. 3 times more than South Africa
Drugs > Opiates use 0.3%
Ranked 9th.
0.57%
Ranked 3rd. 90% more than South Africa
Fear of crime > Violent hate crime 66.85
Ranked 5th. 2 times more than United States
32.55
Ranked 31st.
Justice system > Punishment > Capital punishment (last execution year) 1,989
Ranked 28th.
2,014
Ranked 1st. 1% more than South Africa
Murder rate 34 5
Police officers 343.5
Ranked 18th. 41% more than United States
243.6
Ranked 27th.
Rape rate 132.4
Ranked 1st. 5 times more than United States
27.3
Ranked 9th.

Total crimes 2.68 million
Ranked 7th.
11.88 million
Ranked 1st. 4 times more than South Africa
Violent crime > Gun crime > Guns per 100 residents 12.7
Ranked 48th.
88.8
Ranked 1st. 7 times more than South Africa
Violent crime > Intentional homicide rate 31
Ranked 4th. 7 times more than United States
4.7
Ranked 7th.

Violent crime > Murder rate 15,940
Ranked 3rd. 23% more than United States
12,996
Ranked 9th.

Violent crime > Murder rate per million people 318.86
Ranked 11th. 8 times more than United States
42.01
Ranked 43th.

Violent crime > Rapes per million people 1,324.15
Ranked 1st. 5 times more than United States
274.04
Ranked 9th.

Total crimes per 1000 58.94
Ranked 15th. 43% more than United States
41.29
Ranked 22nd.
Murders with firearms per million 700.98
Ranked 1st. 22 times more than United States
32.57
Ranked 10th.
Violent crime > Rapes 66,196
Ranked 2nd.
84,767
Ranked 1st. 28% more than South Africa

Violent crime > Murders per million people 318.86
Ranked 11th. 8 times more than United States
42.01
Ranked 43th.

Robberies 494.5
Ranked 1st. 3 times more than United States
146.4
Ranked 10th.
Believes crime increasing in the past 3 years 78.12
Ranked 14th. 20% more than United States
65.22
Ranked 44th.
Violent crime > Murders 15,940
Ranked 3rd. 23% more than United States
12,996
Ranked 9th.

Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > At night 10.71
Ranked 87th.
41.84
Ranked 60th. 4 times more than South Africa
Burglaries 852.8
Ranked 1st. 19% more than United States
714.4
Ranked 9th.

Prisoners 181,944 prisoners
Ranked 8th.
2.02 million prisoners
Ranked 1st. 11 times more than South Africa
Age of criminal responsibility (notes) The Child Justice Act 75 of 2008 came into effect 1 April 2010. There is a rebuttable presumption that a child between the ages of 10 and 14 lacks criminal capacity. 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 with firearms 31,918
Ranked 1st. 3 times more than United States
9,369
Ranked 4th.
Auto theft 201.6
Ranked 1st.
390.2
Ranked 6th. 94% more than South Africa

Assaults 1,188
Ranked 1st. 51% more than United States
786.7
Ranked 1st.
Murders > Per 100,000 people 69
Ranked 1st. 12 times more than United States
5.9
Ranked 63th.
Punishment > Maximum length of sentence None None
Fear of crime > Feels safe walking alone > During the day 39.49
Ranked 87th.
75.24
Ranked 57th. 91% more than South Africa

Prisoners > Per capita 402 per 100,000 people
Ranked 10th.
715 per 100,000 people
Ranked 1st. 78% more than South Africa
Illicit drugs transshipment center for heroin, hashish, and cocaine, as well as a major cultivator of marijuana in its own right; cocaine and heroin consumption on the rise; world's largest market for illicit methaqualone, usually imported illegally from India through various east African countries, but increasingly producing its own synthetic drugs for domestic consumption; attractive venue for money launderers given the increasing level of organized criminal and narcotics activity in the region and the size of the South African economy 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
Fear of crime > Worries about being attacked 75.68
Ranked 7th. 80% more than United States
42.08
Ranked 43th.
Drugs > Lifetime cannabis use 8.4%
Ranked 6th.
51.6%
Ranked 1st. 6 times more than South Africa
Software piracy rate 34%
Ranked 88th. 70% more than United States
20%
Ranked 106th.
Perceived problems > Property crimes including vandalism and theft 81.61
Ranked 7th. 41% more than United States
57.93
Ranked 28th.
Frauds 56,232
Ranked 10th.
371,800
Ranked 2nd. 7 times more than South Africa
Punishment > Crimes possibly attracting life sentence ?? Varies by state
Perceived problems > Problem violent crimes including assault and armed robbery 86.94
Ranked 5th. 15% more than United States
75.54
Ranked 10th.
Murders > WHO 39.5
Ranked 5th. 7 times more than United States
5.6
Ranked 88th.
Sentence Length 48.08
Ranked 23th. 66% more than United States
29
Ranked 30th.
Fear of crime > Worries about being mugged or robbed 82.21
Ranked 5th. 83% more than United States
45.01
Ranked 47th.
Punishment > Crimes requiring mandatory sentence Certain murder, rape and robbery Varies by state
Perceived problems > Illegal drugs 71.43
Ranked 10th. 16% more than United States
61.82
Ranked 19th.
Fear of crime > Worries about being insulted 63.48
Ranked 9th. 42% more than United States
44.84
Ranked 33th.
Perceived problems > Problem corruption and bribery 92.56
Ranked 10th. 2 times more than United States
42.45
Ranked 69th.
Drug offences 53,810 per 100,000 people
Ranked 4th. 96 times more than United States
560.1 per 100,000 people
Ranked 41st.
Punishment > Minimum life sentence to serve before eligibility for requesting parole 10, 15, or 25 years 15 years minimum to infinite, or never (depending on crime and state)
Prisoners per 1000 4 prisoners
Ranked 11th.
7.02 prisoners
Ranked 2nd. 76% more than South Africa
Fear of crime > Worries about home break and enter 82.06
Ranked 3rd. 69% more than United States
48.52
Ranked 39th.
Judges 4.3%
Ranked 6th.
10.8%
Ranked 3rd. 3 times more than South Africa

Punishment > Life sentence under the age of 18 or 21 ?? Yes ( de jure )
Gun ownership > Guns per 100 residents > 2007 12.7
Ranked 21st.
88.8
Ranked 1st. 7 times more than South Africa
Serious assaults 576.5
Ranked 1st. 2 times more than United States
281.6
Ranked 1st.
Prisoners > Female 2.2%
Ranked 106th.
8.5%
Ranked 9th. 4 times more than South Africa
Punishment > Has indefinite sentence No Yes
Fear of crime > Worries about car being stolen 77.59
Ranked 4th. 85% more than United States
42.04
Ranked 45th.
Fear of crime > Worries about things from car being stolen 81.48
Ranked 4th. 38% more than United States
59.02
Ranked 33th.
Car thefts 93,133
Ranked 9th.
1.25 million
Ranked 1st. 13 times more than South Africa
Punishment > Has life imprisonment Yes Yes
Car thefts per 1000 2.05
Ranked 19th.
4.33
Ranked 11th. 2 times more than South Africa
Judges and Magistrates 1,982
Ranked 18th.
29,023
Ranked 3rd. 15 times more than South Africa
Prosecutors 5.5%
Ranked 4th.
8.8%
Ranked 1st. 60% more than South Africa

Frauds per 1000 1.23
Ranked 25th.
1.29
Ranked 24th. 5% more than South Africa
Prisoners > Share of prison capacity filled 159.4%
Ranked 26th.
0.0
Ranked 126th.
Judges and Magistrates per million 43.53
Ranked 47th.
100.91
Ranked 31st. 2 times more than South Africa
Prisoners > Foreign prisoners 2.1%
Ranked 55th. 4 times more than United States
0.5%
Ranked 77th.
Prison staff 47.7%
Ranked 8th.
138.3%
Ranked 1st. 3 times more than South Africa

Jails 228
Ranked 12th.
1,558
Ranked 6th. 7 times more than South Africa
Jails per million 5.01
Ranked 28th.
5.42
Ranked 24th. 8% more than South Africa
Prisoners > Pre-trial detainees 28.3%
Ranked 80th. 42% more than United States
20%
Ranked 106th.

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