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Crime > Prisoners > Female: Countries Compared

Author: Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

Shortly after 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2005, prisoner No. 55170-054 – better known as Martha Stewart – is due to be released from a prison in Alderson, West Virginia. Stewart was convicted in 2004 of lying to U.S. government investigators about a personal stock sale she made in 2001. She served a five-month prison sentence and will spend the next five months under house arrest wearing an electronic ankle bracelet. Then it’s two years of probation.

In 2003, 8.5 percent of prisoners in the United States were women. The total prison population that year was 2,078,570, so that means there were about 176,000 female inmates.

In 1999, 2,481,808 women were prosecuted for crimes in the United States, out of a total of 14,203,822. That’s about 17 percent.

DEFINITION: Female prisoners, expressed as a percentage share of the total prison population. Data for 2003..

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 ThailandThailand 20.3% 2003
2 BoliviaBolivia 16.7% 2003
3 QatarQatar 11.8% 2003
4 ParaguayParaguay 11.3% 2003
5 Costa RicaCosta Rica 10.8% 2003
6 SingaporeSingapore 10.4% 2003
7 ArgentinaArgentina 9.5% 2003
8 MalaysiaMalaysia 9% 2003
9 United StatesUnited States 8.5% 2003
10 PeruPeru 8.1% 2003
11 SpainSpain 7.8% 2003
12 AndorraAndorra 7.3% 2003
13 JamaicaJamaica 7.3% 2003
14 PortugalPortugal 7.2% 2003
15 NepalNepal 7.1% 2003
16 PanamaPanama 6.9% 2003
17 NetherlandsNetherlands 6.8% 2003
18 GuatemalaGuatemala 6.8% 2003
19 AustraliaAustralia 6.7% 2003
20 Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia 6.6% 2003
21 BelizeBelize 6.4% 2003
22 MozambiqueMozambique 6.3% 2003
23 ChileChile 6.3% 2003
24 SwitzerlandSwitzerland 6.2% 2003
25 LuxembourgLuxembourg 6.1% 2003
26 ColombiaColombia 6.1% 2003
27 BelarusBelarus 6.1% 2003
28 HungaryHungary 6% 2003
29 SurinameSuriname 5.9% 2003
30 UkraineUkraine 5.9% 2003
31 CyprusCyprus 5.8% 2003
32 RussiaRussia 5.8% 2003
33 VenezuelaVenezuela 5.7% 2003
34 AustriaAustria 5.7% 2003
35 JapanJapan 5.7% 2003
36 FinlandFinland 5.6% 2003
Emerging markets averageEmerging markets average 5.52% 2003
37 VietnamVietnam 5.5% 2003
38 KiribatiKiribati 5.5% 2003
39 VanuatuVanuatu 5.4% 2003
40 SwedenSweden 5.4% 2003
Group of 7 countries (G7) averageGroup of 7 countries (G7) average 5.4% 2003
41 NorwayNorway 5.3% 2003
42 CambodiaCambodia 5.3% 2003
43 LatviaLatvia 5.3% 2003
44 EstoniaEstonia 5.2% 2003
High income OECD countries averageHigh income OECD countries average 5.17% 2003
Eurozone averageEurozone average 5.16% 2003
45 CanadaCanada 5% 2003
46 OmanOman 5% 2003
47 GermanyGermany 5% 2003
Non-religious countries averageNon-religious countries average 4.91% 2003
48 GreeceGreece 4.9% 2003
European Union averageEuropean Union average 4.84% 2003
49 El SalvadorEl Salvador 4.8% 2003
NATO countries averageNATO average 4.72% 2003
50 DenmarkDenmark 4.7% 2003
51 RomaniaRomania 4.7% 2003
52 IcelandIceland 4.7% 2003
53 SwazilandSwaziland 4.6% 2003
54 New ZealandNew Zealand 4.6% 2003
55 BarbadosBarbados 4.5% 2003
56 Czech RepublicCzech Republic 4.5% 2003
57 ItalyItaly 4.4% 2003
58 MexicoMexico 4.4% 2003
59 AlbaniaAlbania 4.4% 2003
60 ChinaChina 4.4% 2003
61 UgandaUganda 4.3% 2003
Heavily indebted countries averageHeavily indebted countries average 4.29% 2003
62 Papua New GuineaPapua NG 4.2% 2003
63 BotswanaBotswana 4.2% 2003
64 KazakhstanKazakhstan 4.2% 2003
65 MauritiusMauritius 4.1% 2003
66 MongoliaMongolia 4.1% 2003
67 BrazilBrazil 4.1% 2003
68 BelgiumBelgium 4.1% 2003
69 CroatiaCroatia 4.1% 2003
70 PhilippinesPhilippines 4% 2003
71 LesothoLesotho 3.9% 2003
72 MaltaMalta 3.9% 2003
73 FranceFrance 3.8% 2003
74 TurkeyTurkey 3.7% 2003
75 IndonesiaIndonesia 3.7% 2003
76 SenegalSenegal 3.7% 2003
77 Saint LuciaSaint Lucia 3.7% 2003
78 SloveniaSlovenia 3.6% 2003
79 KenyaKenya 3.6% 2003
80 KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan 3.6% 2003
81 ZimbabweZimbabwe 3.5% 2003
82 BeninBenin 3.5% 2003
83 IranIran 3.5% 2003
84 Sri LankaSri Lanka 3.5% 2003
85 MoroccoMorocco 3.3% 2003
86 AngolaAngola 3.3% 2003
87 MadagascarMadagascar 3.1% 2003
88 Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. 3.1% 2003
89 Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad+ 3.1% 2003
90 BulgariaBulgaria 3.1% 2003
91 GuyanaGuyana 3.1% 2003
92 LithuaniaLithuania 3% 2003
93 IndiaIndia 3% 2003
94 GrenadaGrenada 3% 2003
95 LibyaLibya 2.9% 2003
96 BangladeshBangladesh 2.8% 2003
97 LebanonLebanon 2.7% 2003
98 PolandPoland 2.7% 2003
99 RwandaRwanda 2.6% 2003
100 Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSt Vincent+ 2.6% 2003
101 SlovakiaSlovakia 2.5% 2003
102 BurundiBurundi 2.5% 2003
103 ChadChad 2.4% 2003
104 Sao Tome and PrincipeSoa Tome+ 2.3% 2003
105 TogoTogo 2.3% 2003
106 ArmeniaArmenia 2.2% 2003
107 South AfricaSouth Africa 2.2% 2003
108 DominicaDominica 2.1% 2003
109 GuineaGuinea 2% 2003
110 GhanaGhana 2% 2003
111 MaliMali 2% 2003
112 HondurasHonduras 2% 2003
113 NigeriaNigeria 1.9% 2003
114 The BahamasThe Bahamas 1.8% 2003
115 TongaTonga 1.8% 2003
116 AlgeriaAlgeria 1.8% 2003
117 NamibiaNamibia 1.8% 2003
118 GeorgiaGeorgia 1.7% 2003
119 IsraelIsrael 1.7% 2003
120 PakistanPakistan 1.7% 2003
121 AzerbaijanAzerbaijan 1.7% 2003
122 JordanJordan 1.6% 2003
123 FijiFiji 1.5% 2003
124 ZambiaZambia 1.5% 2003
125 MalawiMalawi 1.2% 2003
126 The GambiaThe Gambia 1.2% 2003
127 Burkina FasoBurkina Faso 1% 2003
128 TanzaniaTanzania 0.9% 2003
129 Saint Kitts and NevisSt Kitts+ 0.9% 2003
130 Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands 0.7% 2003
131 LiechtensteinLiechtenstein 0.0 2003
132 TuvaluTuvalu 0.0 2003
133 SudanSudan 0.0 2003
134 SeychellesSeychelles 0.0 2003

Citation

"All countries compared for Crime > Prisoners > Female", International Centre for Prison Studies - World Prison Brief. Aggregates compiled by NationMaster. Retrieved from http://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/stats/Crime/Prisoners/Female

Crime > Prisoners > Female: Countries Compared Map

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Shortly after 12:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2005, prisoner No. 55170-054 – better known as Martha Stewart – is due to be released from a prison in Alderson, West Virginia. Stewart was convicted in 2004 of lying to U.S. government investigators about a personal stock sale she made in 2001. She served a five-month prison sentence and will spend the next five months under house arrest wearing an electronic ankle bracelet. Then it’s two years of probation.

In 2003, 8.5 percent of prisoners in the United States were women. The total prison population that year was 2,078,570, so that means there were about 176,000 female inmates.

In 1999, 2,481,808 women were prosecuted for crimes in the United States, out of a total of 14,203,822. That’s about 17 percent.

Posted on 03 Mar 2005

Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

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Bryan What is wrong with Kathy's perspective ?

I find her comments to be right on target in every area and since almost 90% of all violent crime is by males, she is right, look for someone with testicles to find out who did it. I too am glad I do not have them and if I woke up suddenly to find I did, I would cut those things off.

Posted on 25 Aug 2010

Amy+Becker

Amy+Becker

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@ male "males are innocent its only because of female that we male put over self into crime."

Regardless of the reason, if you want to find the perpetrator of a crime, especially a violent crime, start by looking for someone with testicles as testicles do seem to make one prone to violence. I am glad I do not have them.

Posted on 20 Aug 2010

Kathy

Kathy

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My previous comment must have been too "high brow". It would have been nice to see a perspective other than Kathy's.

Posted on 03 Aug 2010

Bryan

Bryan

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Kathy @ wrong

males are innocent its only because of female that we male put over self into crime.

Posted on 29 Jul 2010

male

male

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Since the highest percentage of women in prison is only 20.3%, it shows that crime is almost always a MALE activity. (90 nations have less than 5% and only 6 have more than 10%) I do wonder how many of the women in prison are there because they were protecting themselves from male aggression or having males set them up. 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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