Countries with the largest number of prisoners, as of July 2017

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United States of America 2,145,100
China 1,649,804
Brazil 659,020
Russian Federation 618,490
India 419,623
Thailand 300,910
Mexico 233,469
Iran 225,624
Indonesia 224,042
Turkey 201,177
South Africa 161,984
Philippines 142,168
Vietnam 130,679
Colombia 115,878
Ethiopia 111,050
Egypt *106,000
United Kingdom: England & Wales 85,863
Peru 83,639
Pakistan 80,169
Morocco 80,000
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The statistics show the countries with the most prisoners as of July 2017. The United States had the largest number of prisoners worldwide with about 2.15 million people in prison.

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