Prison Populations by Country

The below information comes from the University of London’s Institute for Criminal Policy Research’s World Prison Brief. The World Prison Brief’s data regarding worldwide incarceration is the most comprehensive and cited data I could find. The data are updated monthly. The data are expressed as the number of people out of every 100,000 citizens of an individual country who are in prison.

Ranking Country Incarceration Rate
1 Seychelles 799
2 United States 666
7 Cuba 510
13 Russia 430
23 Puerto Rico 349
39 Iran 287
43 Israel 265
48 Turkey 254
75 Mexico 192
82 Venezuela 173
195 Saudi Arabia 161
130 Iraq 123
136 China 118
140 Canada 114
147 France 110
167 Germany 76
193 Sweden 53

Seychelles has a population of less than a million people.

North Korea isn’t included in the data.

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