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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
=12 Jamaica 7.3% 2003
14 Portugal 7.2% 2003
15 Nepal 7.1% 2003
16 Panama 6.9% 2003
=17 Netherlands 6.8% 2003
=17 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
=22 Chile 6.3% 2003
24 Switzerland 6.2% 2003
=25 Luxembourg 6.1% 2003
=25 Colombia 6.1% 2003
=25 Belarus 6.1% 2003
28 Hungary 6% 2003
=29 Suriname 5.9% 2003
=29 Ukraine 5.9% 2003
=31 Cyprus 5.8% 2003
=31 Russia 5.8% 2003
=33 Venezuela 5.7% 2003
=33 Austria 5.7% 2003
=33 Japan 5.7% 2003
36 Finland 5.6% 2003
Emerging markets average (profile) 5.52% 2003
=37 Vietnam 5.5% 2003
=37 Kiribati 5.5% 2003
=39 Vanuatu 5.4% 2003
=39 Sweden 5.4% 2003
Group of 7 countries (G7) average (profile) 5.4% 2003
=41 Norway 5.3% 2003
=41 Cambodia 5.3% 2003
=41 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
=45 Oman 5% 2003
=45 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
=50 Romania 4.7% 2003
=50 Iceland 4.7% 2003
=53 Swaziland 4.6% 2003
=53 New Zealand 4.6% 2003
=55 Barbados 4.5% 2003
=55 Czech Republic 4.5% 2003
=57 Italy 4.4% 2003
=57 Mexico 4.4% 2003
=57 Albania 4.4% 2003
=57 China 4.4% 2003
61 Uganda 4.3% 2003
Heavily indebted countries average (profile) 4.29% 2003
=62 Papua New Guinea 4.2% 2003
=62 Botswana 4.2% 2003
=62 Kazakhstan 4.2% 2003
=65 Mauritius 4.1% 2003
=65 Mongolia 4.1% 2003
=65 Brazil 4.1% 2003
=65 Belgium 4.1% 2003
=65 Croatia 4.1% 2003
70 Philippines 4% 2003
=71 Lesotho 3.9% 2003
=71 Malta 3.9% 2003
73 France 3.8% 2003
=74 Turkey 3.7% 2003
=74 Indonesia 3.7% 2003
=74 Senegal 3.7% 2003
=74 Saint Lucia 3.7% 2003
=78 Slovenia 3.6% 2003
=78 Kenya 3.6% 2003
=78 Kyrgyzstan 3.6% 2003
=81 Zimbabwe 3.5% 2003
=81 Benin 3.5% 2003
=81 Iran 3.5% 2003
=81 Sri Lanka 3.5% 2003
=85 Morocco 3.3% 2003
=85 Angola 3.3% 2003
=87 Madagascar 3.1% 2003
=87 Dominican Republic 3.1% 2003
=87 Trinidad and Tobago 3.1% 2003
=87 Bulgaria 3.1% 2003
=87 Guyana 3.1% 2003
=92 Lithuania 3% 2003
=92 India 3% 2003
=92 Grenada 3% 2003
95 Libya 2.9% 2003
96 Bangladesh 2.8% 2003
=97 Lebanon 2.7% 2003
=97 Poland 2.7% 2003
=99 Rwanda 2.6% 2003
=99 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 2.6% 2003
=101 Slovakia 2.5% 2003
=101 Burundi 2.5% 2003
103 Chad 2.4% 2003
=104 Sao Tome and Principe 2.3% 2003
=104 Togo 2.3% 2003
=106 Armenia 2.2% 2003
=106 South Africa 2.2% 2003
108 Dominica 2.1% 2003
=109 Guinea 2% 2003
=109 Ghana 2% 2003
=109 Mali 2% 2003
=109 Honduras 2% 2003
113 Nigeria 1.9% 2003
=114 The Bahamas 1.8% 2003
=114 Tonga 1.8% 2003
=114 Algeria 1.8% 2003
=114 Namibia 1.8% 2003
=118 Georgia 1.7% 2003
=118 Israel 1.7% 2003
=118 Pakistan 1.7% 2003
=118 Azerbaijan 1.7% 2003
122 Jordan 1.6% 2003
=123 Fiji 1.5% 2003
=123 Zambia 1.5% 2003
=125 Malawi 1.2% 2003
=125 The Gambia 1.2% 2003
127 Burkina Faso 1% 2003
=128 Tanzania 0.9% 2003
=128 Saint Kitts and Nevis 0.9% 2003
130 Solomon Islands 0.7% 2003
=131 Liechtenstein 0.0 2003
=131 Tuvalu 0.0 2003
=131 Sudan 0.0 2003
=131 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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