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Crime > Sentence Length: Countries Compared

Author: Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

Author: Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

Do long prison sentences deter criminals or are they an indication of a severe crime problem?

Colombia has the longest average prison sentence length, at 137 years. It also leads the world in kidnappings (total, per $ GDP and per capita), murders per capita, mortality due to assaults by explosive material(total and per capita), mortality due to assaults by other and unspecified firearm discharge per capita, and mortality due to assaults by sharp objects per capita.

Colombia is second for murders with firearms (total and per capita) and third for total murders. It is also in the top five for mortality due to assault in 18 of the 22 recorded categories.

DEFINITION: Total average sentence length served.

CONTENTS

# COUNTRY AMOUNT DATE GRAPH
1 RomaniaRomania 37,488 2002
2 BurmaBurma 16,616 2002
3 PanamaPanama 10,103 2002
4 FinlandFinland 2,762 2002
5 NepalNepal 2,216 2002
6 KuwaitKuwait 2,183 2002
7 VenezuelaVenezuela 1,422 2002
8 OmanOman 1,403 2002
9 MoroccoMorocco 736 2002
10 MaldivesMaldives 707 2002
11 ColombiaColombia 137 2002
12 MoldovaMoldova 93 2002
13 SurinameSuriname 91 2002
14 QatarQatar 80 2002
15 CroatiaCroatia 71.2 2002
16 BotswanaBotswana 60 2002
17 GeorgiaGeorgia 60 2002
18 LatviaLatvia 58 2002
19 EstoniaEstonia 55 2002
20 HungaryHungary 52 2002
21 LithuaniaLithuania 52 2002
22 BelarusBelarus 51 2002
23 South AfricaSouth Africa 48.08 2002
24 Dominican RepublicDominican Rep. 48 2002
25 AustraliaAustralia 41.8 2002
26 Czech RepublicCzech Republic 39 2002
27 United KingdomUnited Kingdom 38.6 2002
28 SwedenSweden 36 2002
29 SpainSpain 30 2002
30 United StatesUnited States 29 2002
31 PhilippinesPhilippines 24 2002
32 Papua New GuineaPapua NG 24 2002
33 ZimbabweZimbabwe 24 2002
34 PortugalPortugal 21.7 2002
35 AlbaniaAlbania 10 2002
36 MauritiusMauritius 9 2002
37 New ZealandNew Zealand 9 2002
38 TurkeyTurkey 9 2002
39 NetherlandsNetherlands 7 2002
40 Hong KongHong Kong 6 2002
41 UkraineUkraine 5 2002
42 IcelandIceland 4.7 2002
43 DenmarkDenmark 3 2002
44 MontserratMontserrat 2 2002
45 JamaicaJamaica 2 2002
46 CanadaCanada 1 2002

Citation

"All countries compared for Crime > Sentence Length", 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/Sentence-Length

Crime > Sentence Length: Countries Compared Map

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Do long prison sentences deter criminals or are they an indication of a severe crime problem?

Colombia has the longest average prison sentence length, at 137 years. It also leads the world in kidnappings (total, per $ GDP and per capita), murders per capita, mortality due to assaults by explosive material(total and per capita), mortality due to assaults by other and unspecified firearm discharge per capita, and mortality due to assaults by sharp objects per capita.

Colombia is second for murders with firearms (total and per capita) and third for total murders. It is also in the top five for mortality due to assault in 18 of the 22 recorded categories.

Posted on 23 Mar 2005

Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

Ian Graham <br>Staff Editor

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Thank you, Ian Graham for your statistics which whilst interesting, no one requested. Why don't you actually explain as staff editor what on earth are the units of this currently meaningless data as everyone else has actually wants to know

Posted on 02 Jul 2010

Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones

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