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Crime > Prisoners > Female: Countries Compared

Ian Graham, Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham, 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 Thailand 20.3% 2003
2 Bolivia 16.7% 2003
3 Qatar 11.8% 2003
4 Paraguay 11.3% 2003
5 Costa Rica 10.8% 2003
6 Singapore 10.4% 2003
7 Argentina 9.5% 2003
8 Malaysia 9% 2003
9 United States 8.5% 2003
10 Peru 8.1% 2003
11 Spain 7.8% 2003
12 Andorra 7.3% 2003
13 Jamaica 7.3% 2003
14 Portugal 7.2% 2003
15 Nepal 7.1% 2003
16 Panama 6.9% 2003
17 Netherlands 6.8% 2003
18 Guatemala 6.8% 2003
19 Australia 6.7% 2003
20 Saudi Arabia 6.6% 2003
21 Belize 6.4% 2003
22 Mozambique 6.3% 2003
23 Chile 6.3% 2003
24 Switzerland 6.2% 2003
25 Luxembourg 6.1% 2003
26 Colombia 6.1% 2003
27 Belarus 6.1% 2003
28 Hungary 6% 2003
29 Suriname 5.9% 2003
30 Ukraine 5.9% 2003
31 Cyprus 5.8% 2003
32 Russia 5.8% 2003
33 Venezuela 5.7% 2003
34 Austria 5.7% 2003
35 Japan 5.7% 2003
36 Finland 5.6% 2003
Emerging markets average (profile) 5.52% 2003
37 Vietnam 5.5% 2003
38 Kiribati 5.5% 2003
39 Vanuatu 5.4% 2003
40 Sweden 5.4% 2003
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 5.4% 2003
41 Norway 5.3% 2003
42 Cambodia 5.3% 2003
43 Latvia 5.3% 2003
44 Estonia 5.2% 2003
High income OECD countries average (profile) 5.17% 2003
Eurozone average (profile) 5.16% 2003
45 Canada 5% 2003
46 Oman 5% 2003
47 Germany 5% 2003
Non-religious countries average (profile) 4.91% 2003
48 Greece 4.9% 2003
European Union average (profile) 4.84% 2003
49 El Salvador 4.8% 2003
NATO countries average (profile) 4.72% 2003
50 Denmark 4.7% 2003
51 Romania 4.7% 2003
52 Iceland 4.7% 2003
53 Swaziland 4.6% 2003
54 New Zealand 4.6% 2003
55 Barbados 4.5% 2003
56 Czech Republic 4.5% 2003
57 Italy 4.4% 2003
58 Mexico 4.4% 2003
59 Albania 4.4% 2003
60 China 4.4% 2003
61 Uganda 4.3% 2003
Heavily indebted countries average (profile) 4.29% 2003
62 Papua New Guinea 4.2% 2003
63 Botswana 4.2% 2003
64 Kazakhstan 4.2% 2003
65 Mauritius 4.1% 2003
66 Mongolia 4.1% 2003
67 Brazil 4.1% 2003
68 Belgium 4.1% 2003
69 Croatia 4.1% 2003
70 Philippines 4% 2003
71 Lesotho 3.9% 2003
72 Malta 3.9% 2003
73 France 3.8% 2003
74 Turkey 3.7% 2003
75 Indonesia 3.7% 2003
76 Senegal 3.7% 2003
77 Saint Lucia 3.7% 2003
78 Slovenia 3.6% 2003
79 Kenya 3.6% 2003
80 Kyrgyzstan 3.6% 2003
81 Zimbabwe 3.5% 2003
82 Benin 3.5% 2003
83 Iran 3.5% 2003
84 Sri Lanka 3.5% 2003
85 Morocco 3.3% 2003
86 Angola 3.3% 2003
87 Madagascar 3.1% 2003
88 Dominican Republic 3.1% 2003
89 Trinidad and Tobago 3.1% 2003
90 Bulgaria 3.1% 2003
91 Guyana 3.1% 2003
92 Lithuania 3% 2003
93 India 3% 2003
94 Grenada 3% 2003
95 Libya 2.9% 2003
96 Bangladesh 2.8% 2003
97 Lebanon 2.7% 2003
98 Poland 2.7% 2003
99 Rwanda 2.6% 2003
100 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2.6% 2003
101 Slovakia 2.5% 2003
102 Burundi 2.5% 2003
103 Chad 2.4% 2003
104 Sao Tome and Principe 2.3% 2003
105 Togo 2.3% 2003
106 Armenia 2.2% 2003
107 South Africa 2.2% 2003
108 Dominica 2.1% 2003
109 Guinea 2% 2003
110 Ghana 2% 2003
111 Mali 2% 2003
112 Honduras 2% 2003
113 Nigeria 1.9% 2003
114 The Bahamas 1.8% 2003
115 Tonga 1.8% 2003
116 Algeria 1.8% 2003
117 Namibia 1.8% 2003
118 Georgia 1.7% 2003
119 Israel 1.7% 2003
120 Pakistan 1.7% 2003
121 Azerbaijan 1.7% 2003
122 Jordan 1.6% 2003
123 Fiji 1.5% 2003
124 Zambia 1.5% 2003
125 Malawi 1.2% 2003
126 The Gambia 1.2% 2003
127 Burkina Faso 1% 2003
128 Tanzania 0.9% 2003
129 Saint Kitts and Nevis 0.9% 2003
130 Solomon Islands 0.7% 2003
131 Liechtenstein 0.0 2003
132 Tuvalu 0.0 2003
133 Sudan 0.0 2003
134 Seychelles 0.0 2003

Citation

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

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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, Staff Editor

Ian Graham, 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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