Countries with the most prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants, as of July 2018

Countries with the largest number of prisoners per 100,000 of the national population, as of July 2018

Countries with the most prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants, as of July 2018 This statistic represents the countries with the most prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants, as of July 19, 2018. The United States had the highest prisoner rate, with 655 prisoners per 100,000 of the national population.
Prisoners in the United States

As the statistic above illustrates, the United States has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the world. With 655 inmates per 100 thousand of population, the U.S. is by far the leader among large industrialized nations in incarceration. Russia comes closest at 451, though there is no data regarding China’s incarceration rate available.

Not only is the U.S. among the leading countries worldwide in incarcerations per 100 thousand of population, but it was also home to the largest total number of prisoners in 2014.

Roughly 2.2 million people were incarcerated in the United States in 2014. China’s estimated prison population totaled to 1.7 million people that year. Other nations with population sizes comparable to the United States have far fewer prisoners.

The majority of U.S. prisoners in federal correctional facilities were of black or African-American origin. As of 2011, there were about half a million male and about 26 thousand female black, non-Hispanic prisoners. They made up 40 percent of all incarcerated persons in the U.S, but accounted for only 13 percent of the total U.S. population.

About 237 thousand prisoners in state facilities were sentenced for drug-related offenses, accounting for roughly 17.4 percent of all state prisoners in the U.S. Drug-related offenses, such as trafficking and possession, were the most common cause of imprisonment in state prisons. Second most common were felonies, such as robbery and murder, at 13.6 and 12.2 percent respectively.
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Countries with the largest number of prisoners per 100,000 of the national population, as of July 2018

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Number of prisoners per 100,000 population
United States of America655
El Salvador609
Turkmenistan552
Virgin Islands (USA)542
Cuba510
Thailand506
Maldives499
Northern Mariana Islands (USA)482
Virgin Islands (United Kingdom)470
Rwanda464
Bahamas438
Seychelles437
Grenada435
Russian Federation409
Guam (USA)404
Cayman Islands (United Kingdom)393
St. Kitts and Nevis393
Panama390
St. Vincent and the Grenadines378
Costa Rica374
Number of prisoners per 100,000 population
United States of America655
El Salvador609
Turkmenistan552
Virgin Islands (USA)542
Cuba510
Thailand506
Maldives499
Northern Mariana Islands (USA)482
Virgin Islands (United Kingdom)470
Rwanda464
Bahamas438
Seychelles437
Grenada435
Russian Federation409
Guam (USA)404
Cayman Islands (United Kingdom)393
St. Kitts and Nevis393
Panama390
St. Vincent and the Grenadines378
Costa Rica374
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This statistic represents the countries with the most prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants, as of July 19, 2018. The United States had the highest prisoner rate, with 655 prisoners per 100,000 of the national population.
Prisoners in the United States

As the statistic above illustrates, the United States has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the world. With 655 inmates per 100 thousand of population, the U.S. is by far the leader among large industrialized nations in incarceration. Russia comes closest at 451, though there is no data regarding China’s incarceration rate available.

Not only is the U.S. among the leading countries worldwide in incarcerations per 100 thousand of population, but it was also home to the largest total number of prisoners in 2014.

Roughly 2.2 million people were incarcerated in the United States in 2014. China’s estimated prison population totaled to 1.7 million people that year. Other nations with population sizes comparable to the United States have far fewer prisoners.

The majority of U.S. prisoners in federal correctional facilities were of black or African-American origin. As of 2011, there were about half a million male and about 26 thousand female black, non-Hispanic prisoners. They made up 40 percent of all incarcerated persons in the U.S, but accounted for only 13 percent of the total U.S. population.

About 237 thousand prisoners in state facilities were sentenced for drug-related offenses, accounting for roughly 17.4 percent of all state prisoners in the U.S. Drug-related offenses, such as trafficking and possession, were the most common cause of imprisonment in state prisons. Second most common were felonies, such as robbery and murder, at 13.6 and 12.2 percent respectively.
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