Number of sentenced prisoners in China 1979-2018

This statistic shows the number of sentenced prisoners in China in selected years from 1979 to 2018. In 1979, there were around 621,000 sentenced prisoners in China. People held in detention centers and pre-trial detainees were excluded from that figure.

Number of sentenced prisoners in China from 1979 to 2018

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Release date

March 2020



Survey time period

1979 to 2018

Special properties

excl. pre-trial detainees and those held in administrative detention

Supplementary notes

*The figure for 2018 has been taken from World prison brief data, Institute for Crime & Justice Policy Research.
Figures for earlier years have been taken from publications by the Ministry of Justice of China.

Values have been rounded.
The source does not provide a release date. The date given is the date of data access.

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