skip navigation

CrimeSolutions.gov

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 
  NCJ Number: NCJ 240777     Find in a Library
  Title: World Prison Population List (Ninth Edition)
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Roy Walmsley
  Date Published: 2012
  Page Count: 6
  Annotation: This report from the International Centre for Prison Studies presents data on the world prison population for prisoners held in 218 independent countries and dependent territories.
  Abstract: Key findings from this report on the world’s prison population include the following: as of May 2011, more than 10.1 million people were being held in penal institutions throughout the world, mostly as pre-trial detainees/remand prisoners or as sentenced prisoners; the countries with the largest prison populations were the United States (2.29 million), Russia (0.81 million) and China (1.65 million sentenced prisoners); the United States has the highest prison population rate in the world, 743 per 100,000 of the national population, followed by Rwanda (c. 595), Russia (568), Georgia (547), and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (539); as of mid-2010, the world prison population rate was 146 per 100,000, given a world population of 6.9 billion; prison population rates vary considerably between different regions of the world, and between different parts of the same continent; and prison population rates have been increasing in all five continents, with rates increasing in 78 percent of the countries and territories included in this report. Data for this report were obtained from a variety of sources: the national prison administration of the country concerned or else the ministry responsible for that particular country’s prison administration. The primary purpose for this report is to show the differences in the levels of imprisonment across the world and to estimate the world prison population total. The data evaluated in this report cover the period from the end of 2008 through the beginning of May 2011. Tables
  Main Term(s): Prison population prediction
  Index Term(s): Incarceration and Imprisonment ; Estimates ; Prison conditions ; Worldwide
  Sale Source: International Centre for Prison Studies
75-79 York Road, 8th Fl.
Kings College London
London SE1 7AW, United Kingdom
  Type: Statistics
  Country: United Kingdom
  Language: English
   
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:
https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=262857

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.