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Crime > Prisoners > Per capita: Countries Compared

DEFINITION: Data for 2003. Number of prisoners held per 100,000 population..

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# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 United StatesUnited States 715 per 100,000 people 2003
2 RussiaRussia 584 per 100,000 people 2003
3 BelarusBelarus 554 per 100,000 people 2003
4 PalauPalau 523 per 100,000 people 2003
5 BelizeBelize 459 per 100,000 people 2003
6 SurinameSuriname 437 per 100,000 people 2003
7 DominicaDominica 420 per 100,000 people 2003
8 UkraineUkraine 416 per 100,000 people 2003
9 The BahamasThe Bahamas 410 per 100,000 people 2003
10 South AfricaSouth Africa 402 per 100,000 people 2003
11 KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan 390 per 100,000 people 2003
12 SingaporeSingapore 388 per 100,000 people 2003
13 KazakhstanKazakhstan 386 per 100,000 people 2003
14 BarbadosBarbados 367 per 100,000 people 2003
15 PanamaPanama 354 per 100,000 people 2003
16 Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad+ 351 per 100,000 people 2003
17 ThailandThailand 340 per 100,000 people 2003
18 EstoniaEstonia 339 per 100,000 people 2003
19 LatviaLatvia 339 per 100,000 people 2003
20 Saint Kitts and NevisSt Kitts+ 338 per 100,000 people 2003
21 GrenadaGrenada 333 per 100,000 people 2003
22 BotswanaBotswana 327 per 100,000 people 2003
23 SwazilandSwaziland 324 per 100,000 people 2003
24 MongoliaMongolia 303 per 100,000 people 2003
Former Soviet republics averageFormer Soviet republics average 287.5 per 100,000 people 2003
25 Antigua and BarbudaAntigua+ 278 per 100,000 people 2003
26 Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSt Vincent+ 270 per 100,000 people 2003
27 NamibiaNamibia 267 per 100,000 people 2003
28 TunisiaTunisia 253 per 100,000 people 2003
29 TaiwanTaiwan 250 per 100,000 people 2003
30 Saint LuciaSaint Lucia 243 per 100,000 people 2003
31 LithuaniaLithuania 234 per 100,000 people 2003
32 Costa RicaCosta Rica 229 per 100,000 people 2003
33 IranIran 226 per 100,000 people 2003
34 MauritiusMauritius 214 per 100,000 people 2003
Latin America and Caribbean averageLatin America and Caribbean average 211.85 per 100,000 people 2003
35 PolandPoland 210 per 100,000 people 2003
36 UruguayUruguay 209 per 100,000 people 2003
37 SeychellesSeychelles 207 per 100,000 people 2003
38 ChileChile 204 per 100,000 people 2003
39 AzerbaijanAzerbaijan 198 per 100,000 people 2003
Group of 7 countries (G7) averageGroup of 7 countries (G7) average 196 per 100,000 people 2003
Emerging markets averageEmerging markets average 195.84 per 100,000 people 2003
40 RomaniaRomania 193 per 100,000 people 2003
41 UzbekistanUzbekistan 184 per 100,000 people 2003
42 Czech RepublicCzech Republic 178 per 100,000 people 2003
Former British colonies averageFormer British colonies average 176.29 per 100,000 people 2003
43 MoroccoMorocco 176 per 100,000 people 2003
44 JamaicaJamaica 176 per 100,000 people 2003
Heavily indebted countries averageHeavily indebted countries average 175.54 per 100,000 people 2003
45 GuyanaGuyana 175 per 100,000 people 2003
46 IsraelIsrael 174 per 100,000 people 2003
47 LibyaLibya 173 per 100,000 people 2003
48 HondurasHonduras 172 per 100,000 people 2003
49 MexicoMexico 169 per 100,000 people 2003
50 BrazilBrazil 169 per 100,000 people 2003
51 SlovakiaSlovakia 165 per 100,000 people 2003
52 HungaryHungary 165 per 100,000 people 2003
53 TajikistanTajikistan 161 per 100,000 people 2003
54 MalaysiaMalaysia 161 per 100,000 people 2003
55 New ZealandNew Zealand 160 per 100,000 people 2003
56 El SalvadorEl Salvador 158 per 100,000 people 2003
57 Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. 157 per 100,000 people 2003
58 BahrainBahrain 155 per 100,000 people 2003
Europe averageEurope average 150.47 per 100,000 people 2003
59 GeorgiaGeorgia 148 per 100,000 people 2003
60 LebanonLebanon 146 per 100,000 people 2003
61 SpainSpain 144 per 100,000 people 2003
62 LesothoLesotho 143 per 100,000 people 2003
63 NicaraguaNicaragua 143 per 100,000 people 2003
High income OECD countries averageHigh income OECD countries average 140.82 per 100,000 people 2003
Former Spanish colonies averageFormer Spanish colonies average 137.16 per 100,000 people 2003
NATO countries averageNATO average 135.42 per 100,000 people 2003
European Union averageEuropean Union average 133.54 per 100,000 people 2003
64 MadagascarMadagascar 130 per 100,000 people 2003
65 PortugalPortugal 130 per 100,000 people 2003
66 CameroonCameroon 129 per 100,000 people 2003
67 BurundiBurundi 129 per 100,000 people 2003
68 BulgariaBulgaria 127 per 100,000 people 2003
Eurozone averageEurozone average 126.71 per 100,000 people 2003
69 ColombiaColombia 126 per 100,000 people 2003
Middle Eastern and North Africa averageMiddle Eastern and North Africa average 122.53 per 100,000 people 2003
70 ZambiaZambia 121 per 100,000 people 2003
71 ChinaChina 119 per 100,000 people 2003
72 FijiFiji 117 per 100,000 people 2003
73 CanadaCanada 116 per 100,000 people 2003
74 TanzaniaTanzania 116 per 100,000 people 2003
75 AustraliaAustralia 116 per 100,000 people 2003
76 NetherlandsNetherlands 112 per 100,000 people 2003
77 LuxembourgLuxembourg 111 per 100,000 people 2003
78 KenyaKenya 111 per 100,000 people 2003
Non-religious countries averageNon-religious countries average 110.5 per 100,000 people 2003
79 Central African RepublicCentral Africa 110 per 100,000 people 2003
80 Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia 110 per 100,000 people 2003
81 AlgeriaAlgeria 110 per 100,000 people 2003
82 RwandaRwanda 109 per 100,000 people 2003
83 ArgentinaArgentina 107 per 100,000 people 2003
84 JordanJordan 106 per 100,000 people 2003
85 TongaTonga 106 per 100,000 people 2003
86 AlbaniaAlbania 105 per 100,000 people 2003
87 Sri LankaSri Lanka 105 per 100,000 people 2003
88 PeruPeru 104 per 100,000 people 2003
Muslim countries averageMuslim countries average 102.53 per 100,000 people 2003
89 BoliviaBolivia 102 per 100,000 people 2003
90 KuwaitKuwait 102 per 100,000 people 2003
91 ItalyItaly 100 per 100,000 people 2003
92 AustriaAustria 100 per 100,000 people 2003
OPEC countries averageOPEC countries average 96.9 per 100,000 people 2003
93 GermanyGermany 96 per 100,000 people 2003
94 FranceFrance 95 per 100,000 people 2003
95 QatarQatar 95 per 100,000 people 2003
96 PhilippinesPhilippines 94 per 100,000 people 2003
97 SyriaSyria 93 per 100,000 people 2003
98 TurkeyTurkey 92 per 100,000 people 2003
99 ArmeniaArmenia 92 per 100,000 people 2003
100 AndorraAndorra 90 per 100,000 people 2003
101 BelgiumBelgium 88 per 100,000 people 2003
102 GreeceGreece 83 per 100,000 people 2003
103 YemenYemen 83 per 100,000 people 2003
Former French colonies averageFormer French colonies average 81.64 per 100,000 people 2003
104 OmanOman 81 per 100,000 people 2003
105 BeninBenin 81 per 100,000 people 2003
106 Sao Tome and PrincipeSoa Tome+ 79 per 100,000 people 2003
107 VenezuelaVenezuela 76 per 100,000 people 2003
108 ParaguayParaguay 75 per 100,000 people 2003
109 SwedenSweden 75 per 100,000 people 2003
110 DenmarkDenmark 72 per 100,000 people 2003
111 SwitzerlandSwitzerland 72 per 100,000 people 2003
112 MaltaMalta 72 per 100,000 people 2003
113 FinlandFinland 71 per 100,000 people 2003
114 VietnamVietnam 71 per 100,000 people 2003
115 MalawiMalawi 70 per 100,000 people 2003
116 GuatemalaGuatemala 68 per 100,000 people 2003
117 Papua New GuineaPapua NG 66 per 100,000 people 2003
118 NorwayNorway 64 per 100,000 people 2003
119 CroatiaCroatia 64 per 100,000 people 2003
120 DjiboutiDjibouti 61 per 100,000 people 2003
121 EcuadorEcuador 59 per 100,000 people 2003
122 SloveniaSlovenia 59 per 100,000 people 2003
123 PakistanPakistan 59 per 100,000 people 2003
124 TuvaluTuvalu 56 per 100,000 people 2003
125 KiribatiKiribati 56 per 100,000 people 2003
126 SenegalSenegal 54 per 100,000 people 2003
127 JapanJapan 54 per 100,000 people 2003
128 LiechtensteinLiechtenstein 53 per 100,000 people 2003
129 HaitiHaiti 53 per 100,000 people 2003
130 GhanaGhana 52 per 100,000 people 2003
131 BangladeshBangladesh 50 per 100,000 people 2003
132 CyprusCyprus 50 per 100,000 people 2003
133 MozambiqueMozambique 50 per 100,000 people 2003
134 NauruNauru 48 per 100,000 people 2003
135 MauritaniaMauritania 48 per 100,000 people 2003
136 TogoTogo 46 per 100,000 people 2003
137 ChadChad 46 per 100,000 people 2003
138 CambodiaCambodia 45 per 100,000 people 2003
139 VanuatuVanuatu 44 per 100,000 people 2003
140 AngolaAngola 44 per 100,000 people 2003
141 Marshall IslandsMarshall Isl. 44 per 100,000 people 2003
142 IcelandIceland 40 per 100,000 people 2003
143 MonacoMonaco 39 per 100,000 people 2003
144 IndonesiaIndonesia 38 per 100,000 people 2003
145 Democratic Republic of the CongoCongo, DR. 38 per 100,000 people 2003
146 GuineaGuinea 37 per 100,000 people 2003
147 Federated States of MicronesiaMicronesia 34 per 100,000 people 2003
148 MaliMali 34 per 100,000 people 2003
149 NigeriaNigeria 33 per 100,000 people 2003
150 The GambiaThe Gambia 32 per 100,000 people 2003
151 Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands 31 per 100,000 people 2003
152 NepalNepal 29 per 100,000 people 2003
153 IndiaIndia 29 per 100,000 people 2003
154 Burkina FasoBurkina Faso 23 per 100,000 people 2003
155 TurkmenistanTurkmenistan 0.0 2003
156 EthiopiaEthiopia 0.0 2003
157 SudanSudan 0.0 2003
158 ZimbabweZimbabwe 0.0 2003
159 United Arab EmiratesUAE 0.0 2003
160 CubaCuba 0.0 2003
161 UgandaUganda 0.0 2003
162 NigerNiger 0.0 2003
163 EgyptEgypt 0.0 2003
164 ComorosComoros 0.0 2003

Citation

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

Crime > Prisoners > Per capita: Countries Compared Map

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New and updated data on prisons from 34 countries in the Western Hemisphere:
The Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Observatory on Public Security (www.alertamerica.org) has just released new and updated regional, sub regional and national information on prisons from 34 OAS Member Countries. The Observatory collects official data and works together with UNODC in the implementation of the CTS process. The Observatory has posted new data on adults held in prisons; children deprived of liberty; untried persons held; prisoners sentenced for illicit drugs, robbery and homicide; and occupancy rates, by gender and age for all 34 countries of North, South, Central America and the Caribbean.
For more data and information please visit the following URL:
http://www.oas.org/dsp/observatorio/database/indicators.aspx?lang=en

Do nor hesitate to contact me in case you need more information.

Kind regards,

Luiz O. Coimbra
Head, Information on Public Security Unit
Department of Public Security
Organization of American States
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Washington, DC
Office phone: +1 (202) 370 5083
Cell phone: +1 (202) 538 0515
Email: lcoimbra@oas.org
Visit the OAS Inter-American Observatory on Public Security

Posted on 17 Dec 2013

Luiz O. Coimbra

Luiz O. Coimbra

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In answer to all of those questions about Cuba, there were 57,337 prisoners in Cuba in May 2010 according to the Cuban Ministry responsible.

These are figures compiled by the respected International Centre for Prison Studies in London in association with University of Essex and can be accessed here: http://www.prisonstudies.org/info/worldbrief/wpb_country.php?country=61

In a population of 11,250,000 that equates to 0.5 persons per 100,000.

Statisticians among you may be able to explain why only whole numbers are reported in the data.

That puts the US figure of 715 into stark relief.

Posted on 17 Jul 2013

SMcG

SMcG

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The number 1 thru 3 reasons
1/ Differences in drug laws many are misdemeanors in Canada
2/ Minimum sentencing means longer prison stays for lessor crimes.
3/ Privatization of the prison system these have to produce a profit so the large companies are promoting longer prison terms and more minimum sentencing for minor crimes etc

bob

Posted on 28 Oct 2011

bob

bob

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I am wondering why there is so big difference between USA and Canada.
What is the main cause of this difference?

Posted on 25 Sep 2011

AR-15

AR-15

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For more current data, look at http://www.prisonstudies.org/info/worldbrief/wpb_stats.php which is where this info originally came from

Posted on 06 Apr 2011

Jason Henwood

Jason Henwood

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