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Crime > Prisoners: Countries Compared

Author: Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

The United States Department of Justice released its latest official half-yearly figures on the penal system Sunday, revealing that the number of inmates in American prisons rose 2.3 percent over 2003. The prison and jail population

in the U.S. was 2,131,180 in mid-2004.

For every 100,000 people in the U.S., 726 are imprisoned, compared to figures of 142 per 100,000 for England, 91 for France, and 58 for Japan. Almost 13 percent of black males in their late 20s are in prison or jail, while for Hispanics the corresponding figure is 3.6 percent. Only 1.7 percent of white twentysomething males are incarcerated.

While the violent crime rate in the U.S. dropped by one-third from 1994 to 2003, and the property crime rate by 23 percent, the prison population has increased by an annual average of 3.5 percent since 1995. Much of the increase is due to convicts reoffending; two out of every three prisoners released return to prison within three years.

Since 1998, 12 states have had stable or declining rates of incarceration, though the crime rate in those states didn’t decline any faster than in the other 38 states. Texas is tops, with 704 per 100,000 people in state prisons, while Maine imprisons only 149.

The number of female inmates increased by 2.9 percent from 2003 to 2004, and there are now over 100,000 women in U.S. prisons, compared to 12,000 in 1980. Another 238,000 prisoners have serious mental illnesses, and there are also 92,000 foreign prisoners in U.S. prisons.

The average cost for one year of imprisonment for one person is US$22,000, and the U.S. spends about $57 billion per year on its correctional system.

DEFINITION: Total persons incarcerated.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 United StatesUnited States 2.02 million prisoners 2002
2 ChinaChina 1.55 million prisoners 2002
3 RussiaRussia 846,967 prisoners 2002
Group of 7 countries (G7) averageGroup of 7 countries (G7) average 341,505.57 prisoners 2002
4 IndiaIndia 313,635 prisoners 2002
5 BrazilBrazil 308,304 prisoners 2002
6 ThailandThailand 213,815 prisoners 2002
7 UkraineUkraine 198,386 prisoners 2002
8 South AfricaSouth Africa 181,944 prisoners 2002
Emerging markets averageEmerging markets average 179,709.8 prisoners 2002
9 MexicoMexico 172,888 prisoners 2002
10 IranIran 163,526 prisoners 2002
Non-religious countries averageNon-religious countries average 160,107.5 prisoners 2002
11 RwandaRwanda 112,000 prisoners 2002
High income OECD countries averageHigh income OECD countries average 92,485.93 prisoners 2002
12 PakistanPakistan 87,000 prisoners 2002
Former Soviet republics averageFormer Soviet republics average 85,721.73 prisoners 2002
13 IndonesiaIndonesia 84,357 prisoners 2002
14 PolandPoland 80,467 prisoners 2002
15 United KingdomUnited Kingdom 78,753 prisoners 2002
16 GermanyGermany 74,904 prisoners 2002
17 BangladeshBangladesh 74,170 prisoners 2002
Heavily indebted countries averageHeavily indebted countries average 71,515.82 prisoners 2002
18 PhilippinesPhilippines 70,383 prisoners 2002
19 JapanJapan 69,502 prisoners 2002
Former British colonies averageFormer British colonies average 64,109.28 prisoners 2002
20 TurkeyTurkey 64,051 prisoners 2002
21 EgyptEgypt 61,845 prisoners 2002
22 SpainSpain 59,251 prisoners 2002
23 South KoreaSouth Korea 58,564 prisoners 2002
24 KazakhstanKazakhstan 58,300 prisoners 2002
25 FranceFrance 56,957 prisoners 2002
26 TaiwanTaiwan 56,225 prisoners 2002
27 ItalyItaly 55,670 prisoners 2002
28 VietnamVietnam 55,000 prisoners 2002
29 MoroccoMorocco 54,351 prisoners 2002
30 ColombiaColombia 54,034 prisoners 2002
31 BelarusBelarus 51,238 prisoners 2002
32 RomaniaRomania 48,075 prisoners 2002
33 UzbekistanUzbekistan 48,000 prisoners 2002
34 ArgentinaArgentina 44,969 prisoners 2002
Europe averageEurope average 43,256.4 prisoners 2002
35 TanzaniaTanzania 43,244 prisoners 2002
36 NigeriaNigeria 40,447 prisoners 2002
37 MalaysiaMalaysia 39,258 prisoners 2002
38 ChileChile 36,636 prisoners 2002
39 CanadaCanada 35,519 prisoners 2002
40 KenyaKenya 35,278 prisoners 2002
41 AlgeriaAlgeria 34,243 prisoners 2002
42 BurmaBurma 32,797 prisoners 2002
OPEC countries averageOPEC countries average 30,537 prisoners 2002
43 Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia 28,612 prisoners 2002
Former Spanish colonies averageFormer Spanish colonies average 27,585.95 prisoners 2002
44 PeruPeru 27,417 prisoners 2002
NATO countries averageNATO average 25,641.04 prisoners 2002
Middle Eastern and North Africa averageMiddle Eastern and North Africa average 25,381.53 prisoners 2002
Muslim countries averageMuslim countries average 24,438.78 prisoners 2002
Latin America and Caribbean averageLatin America and Caribbean average 23,761.7 prisoners 2002
45 TunisiaTunisia 23,165 prisoners 2002
46 AustraliaAustralia 22,492 prisoners 2002
European Union averageEuropean Union average 22,488.59 prisoners 2002
47 MadagascarMadagascar 20,109 prisoners 2002
48 CameroonCameroon 20,000 prisoners 2002
49 Sri LankaSri Lanka 19,974 prisoners 2002
50 KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan 19,500 prisoners 2002
Eurozone averageEurozone average 19,436 prisoners 2002
51 VenezuelaVenezuela 19,255 prisoners 2002
52 AzerbaijanAzerbaijan 19,136 prisoners 2002
53 Czech RepublicCzech Republic 18,669 prisoners 2002
54 HungaryHungary 17,862 prisoners 2002
55 NetherlandsNetherlands 16,930 prisoners 2002
56 SingaporeSingapore 16,310 prisoners 2002
57 SyriaSyria 14,000 prisoners 2002
58 YemenYemen 14,000 prisoners 2002
59 PortugalPortugal 13,918 prisoners 2002
60 Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. 13,836 prisoners 2002
61 ZambiaZambia 13,173 prisoners 2002
Former French colonies averageFormer French colonies average 12,626.18 prisoners 2002
62 HondurasHonduras 11,502 prisoners 2002
63 LithuaniaLithuania 11,070 prisoners 2002
64 El SalvadorEl Salvador 11,055 prisoners 2002
65 IsraelIsrael 11,027 prisoners 2002
66 GhanaGhana 10,992 prisoners 2002
67 MoldovaMoldova 10,903 prisoners 2002
68 PanamaPanama 10,350 prisoners 2002
69 BulgariaBulgaria 9,918 prisoners 2002
70 LibyaLibya 9,763 prisoners 2002
71 GreeceGreece 8,841 prisoners 2002
72 MozambiqueMozambique 8,812 prisoners 2002
73 BurundiBurundi 8,647 prisoners 2002
74 BelgiumBelgium 8,605 prisoners 2002
75 MalawiMalawi 8,566 prisoners 2002
76 Costa RicaCosta Rica 8,526 prisoners 2002
77 LatviaLatvia 8,483 prisoners 2002
78 BoliviaBolivia 8,315 prisoners 2002
79 GuatemalaGuatemala 8,307 prisoners 2002
80 EcuadorEcuador 8,274 prisoners 2002
81 AustriaAustria 8,114 prisoners 2002
82 MongoliaMongolia 7,871 prisoners 2002
83 SlovakiaSlovakia 7,758 prisoners 2002
84 NicaraguaNicaragua 7,198 prisoners 2002
85 NepalNepal 7,132 prisoners 2002
86 UruguayUruguay 7,100 prisoners 2002
87 GeorgiaGeorgia 6,406 prisoners 2002
88 CambodiaCambodia 6,346 prisoners 2002
89 AngolaAngola 6,008 prisoners 2002
90 New ZealandNew Zealand 5,968 prisoners 2002
91 SwedenSweden 5,920 prisoners 2002
92 BotswanaBotswana 5,890 prisoners 2002
93 JordanJordan 5,589 prisoners 2002
94 LebanonLebanon 5,535 prisoners 2002
95 SenegalSenegal 5,360 prisoners 2002
96 SwitzerlandSwitzerland 4,982 prisoners 2002
97 BeninBenin 4,961 prisoners 2002
98 NamibiaNamibia 4,814 prisoners 2002
99 Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad+ 4,794 prisoners 2002
100 JamaicaJamaica 4,744 prisoners 2002
101 EstoniaEstonia 4,571 prisoners 2002
102 Central African RepublicCentral Africa 4,168 prisoners 2002
103 HaitiHaiti 4,152 prisoners 2002
104 ParaguayParaguay 4,088 prisoners 2002
105 MaliMali 4,040 prisoners 2002
106 ChadChad 3,883 prisoners 2002
107 DenmarkDenmark 3,435 prisoners 2002
108 FinlandFinland 3,433 prisoners 2002
109 Papua New GuineaPapua NG 3,302 prisoners 2002
110 SwazilandSwaziland 3,245 prisoners 2002
111 GuineaGuinea 3,070 prisoners 2002
112 LesothoLesotho 3,000 prisoners 2002
113 KuwaitKuwait 2,946 prisoners 2002
114 NorwayNorway 2,914 prisoners 2002
115 ArmeniaArmenia 2,866 prisoners 2002
116 Burkina FasoBurkina Faso 2,800 prisoners 2002
117 CroatiaCroatia 2,611 prisoners 2002
118 MauritiusMauritius 2,565 prisoners 2002
119 TogoTogo 2,043 prisoners 2002
120 SurinameSuriname 1,933 prisoners 2002
121 AlbaniaAlbania 1,532 prisoners 2002
122 GuyanaGuyana 1,507 prisoners 2002
123 OmanOman 1,403 prisoners 2002
124 MauritaniaMauritania 1,354 prisoners 2002
125 The BahamasThe Bahamas 1,280 prisoners 2002
126 CyprusCyprus 1,254 prisoners 2002
127 SloveniaSlovenia 1,099 prisoners 2002
128 BelizeBelize 1,097 prisoners 2002
129 BarbadosBarbados 992 prisoners 2002
130 FijiFiji 982 prisoners 2002
131 Democratic Republic of the CongoCongo, DR. 918 prisoners 2002
132 BahrainBahrain 911 prisoners 2002
133 QatarQatar 570 prisoners 2002
134 The GambiaThe Gambia 450 prisoners 2002
135 DjiboutiDjibouti 384 prisoners 2002
136 Saint LuciaSaint Lucia 365 prisoners 2002
137 LuxembourgLuxembourg 341 prisoners 2002
138 Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSt Vincent+ 302 prisoners 2002
139 DominicaDominica 298 prisoners 2002
140 GrenadaGrenada 297 prisoners 2002
141 MaltaMalta 283 prisoners 2002
142 Antigua and BarbudaAntigua+ 186 prisoners 2002
143 SeychellesSeychelles 157 prisoners 2002
144 Saint Kitts and NevisSt Kitts+ 135 prisoners 2002
145 Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands 134 prisoners 2002
146 Sao Tome and PrincipeSoa Tome+ 130 prisoners 2002
147 TongaTonga 113 prisoners 2002
148 IcelandIceland 104 prisoners 2002
149 PalauPalau 103 prisoners 2002
150 VanuatuVanuatu 93 prisoners 2002
151 AndorraAndorra 61 prisoners 2002
152 KiribatiKiribati 55 prisoners 2002
153 Federated States of MicronesiaMicronesia 39 prisoners 2002
154 Marshall IslandsMarshall Isl. 23 prisoners 2002
155 LiechtensteinLiechtenstein 18 prisoners 2002
156 MonacoMonaco 13 prisoners 2002
157 NauruNauru 6 prisoners 2002
158 TuvaluTuvalu 6 prisoners 2002
159 TurkmenistanTurkmenistan 0.0 2002
160 EthiopiaEthiopia 0.0 2002
161 TajikistanTajikistan 0.0 2002
162 SudanSudan 0.0 2002
163 ZimbabweZimbabwe 0.0 2002
164 United Arab EmiratesUAE 0.0 2002
165 CubaCuba 0.0 2002
166 UgandaUganda 0.0 2002
167 NigerNiger 0.0 2002
168 ComorosComoros 0.0 2002

Citation

"All countries compared for Crime > Prisoners", The Eighth United Nations Survey on Crime Trends and the Operations of Criminal Justice Systems (2002) (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Centre for International Crime Prevention). Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Crime/Prisoners

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"The average cost for one year of imprisonment for one person is US$22,000..."

Are you f'in kidding me, I live in a rented apt. and pay for everything I need myself, and live on about 13-16k a year, prisoners must be getting quite a bit...

Posted on 09 Jun 2010

Joe

Joe

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The United States Department of Justice released its latest official half-yearly figures on the penal system Sunday, revealing that the number of inmates in American prisons rose 2.3 percent over 2003. The prison and jail population

in the U.S. was 2,131,180 in mid-2004.

For every 100,000 people in the U.S., 726 are imprisoned, compared to figures of 142 per 100,000 for England, 91 for France, and 58 for Japan. Almost 13 percent of black males in their late 20s are in prison or jail, while for Hispanics the corresponding figure is 3.6 percent. Only 1.7 percent of white twentysomething males are incarcerated.

While the violent crime rate in the U.S. dropped by one-third from 1994 to 2003, and the property crime rate by 23 percent, the prison population has increased by an annual average of 3.5 percent since 1995. Much of the increase is due to convicts reoffending; two out of every three prisoners released return to prison within three years.

Since 1998, 12 states have had stable or declining rates of incarceration, though the crime rate in those states didn’t decline any faster than in the other 38 states. Texas is tops, with 704 per 100,000 people in state prisons, while Maine imprisons only 149.

The number of female inmates increased by 2.9 percent from 2003 to 2004, and there are now over 100,000 women in U.S. prisons, compared to 12,000 in 1980. Another 238,000 prisoners have serious mental illnesses, and there are also 92,000 foreign prisoners in U.S. prisons.

The average cost for one year of imprisonment for one person is US$22,000, and the U.S. spends about $57 billion per year on its correctional system.

Posted on 25 Apr 2005

Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

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@Joe, $22,000 per year pays for the staff (warden, asst warden, administration, kitchen, medical, warehouse, fire & safety, armory, security, case management, education, maintenance and guards) members. Plus, it takes money to pay the electric, water, heating, vehicle and building maintenance, camera systems and a bazillion other things that are necessary to keep those people out of society.

Posted on 26 Nov 2012

wizarddrummer

wizarddrummer

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@ Joe That cost includes guard salary, prison maintenance, etc. Don't think prisoners are at all living the high life, any big screen TVs you might see in common areas are actually paid for by the prisoners themselves, at least this was the case in a facility I visited.

Posted on 19 Jul 2011

Mansion

Mansion

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@ Kathy

Crime isn't by gender. Both men and women have moral codes and both are equal. Men have more testosterone and are typically more aggressive which might make them more prone to committing crimes, but women are more likely to be psychotic- does this mean all female crimes are due to crazy girls? Because of the different perception children create as they grow due to their environment, girls in, let's say, bad parts of town, for example, are raised to think differently than boys raised in the same part of town. Think of the cultural bias that men must take care of the family; little brothers, mother, sisters, wife, children. Perhaps men are put in jail more because they have to support a family. It is just as, if not more, likely that this would happen as compared to the number of women in jail being due to protecting themselves or loved ones from a male aggressor.

Just over 20% of women crime can't make it "almost always" a male activity- one of every five crimes are women. If it was one of many many many more crimes, perhaps then we could say that crime is almost always a male activity.

Crimes are crimes. Violent crimes are bad, but are they worse that fraud schemes that steal live savings, ruin lives, ruin businesses? Perhaps that isn't a good example. But look at it this way- either way we have to pay for them to sit in a jail cell. Either way they are a potential menace to society.

None of what you have stated has given solid enough evidence as to why women are better than men. In fact, the reason why most people don't believe in what you say is because the evidence always offered in circumstantial. I am a women, proud to be one, but until I see better reasons why we are better than them, Why should I believe you? For now, I'll stick with thinking genders are equal.

Posted on 02 Jun 2011

Katie

Katie

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@ Joe Freedom

If you look at more of the stats available on this website you will see that only 0.5% of the US prison population are foreign.

Posted on 12 Feb 2011

Joseph Hart

Joseph Hart

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To ChrisL:

It's confusing, but you're looking at it the wrong way. Texas has a higher rate of imprisonment, not more individual prisoners than the rest of the US states combined. It just simply incarcerates people at a higher rate than the rest of the country whether combined or considered individually per state.

Plus it's not 704 out of 100,000, it is 1 out of 704, which is a higher rate than 1 in 726. So it all means, in Texas you are approximately 6% more likely to be arrested than anywhere else in the US.

Posted on 12 Jun 2010

JDoob

JDoob

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If one looks at the female prisoner stats listed here, we would see that the highest percentage of women in prison is only 20.3%, it shows that crime is almost always a MALE activity. I do wonder how many of the women in prison are there because they were protecting themselves from male aggression. If this numbers were separated and we could see the number of women in prison for violent crimes, I am sure it would be almost ALL male. It is hard to imagine why most everyone cannot see that women are morally superior to males and in reality, when we look at the overall picture with health, education and other things, that women are by far superior to males in almost every area!

Posted on 16 Apr 2010

Kathy

Kathy

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I'm confused about some of the stats form Ian. If in the US, 1in 726 per 100,000 are imprisoned, how can Texas be at the top with 704 per 100,000? Either one of those numbers is wrong, or Texas has more than 103% of all the prisoners in the US....

Posted on 08 May 2010

Chris L

Chris L

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Contrary to the bigoted assertion of Jim50, most people in US jails are Americans. Not a very free country is it, with by far the largest number of it's citizens in jail!!
Land of the free? No its the land of the police state.

Posted on 23 Feb 2010

Joe Freedom

Joe Freedom

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I wonder how many prisoners would be in the US system if we kicked out all the illegals.

Posted on 07 May 2009

Jim50

Jim50

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