Number of Prisoners fell 0.582% to 3,755 persons in Ireland in 2015

Number of Prisoners (persons)
Law & Crime | Ireland | December 30, 2018
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Number of prisoners reached 3,755 persons in 2015 in Ireland, according to the United Nations. This is 0.582 % less than in the previous year.

Historically, number of prisoners in Ireland reached an all time high of 4,318 persons in 2010 and an all time low of 1,936 persons in 1987. When compared to Ireland's main peers, number of prisoners in France amounted to 66,678 persons and 93,635 persons in United Kingdom in 2015.

Ireland has been ranked 78th within the group of 105 countries we follow in terms of number of prisoners, 29 places above the position seen 10 years ago.

The prison population is defined as the total number of adult and juvenile prisoners (including pre-trial detainees), including offenders held in Prison Administration facilities, other facilities, institutions for juvenile offenders and for drug addicts and psychiatric or other hospitals.

Number of Prisoners Unit 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Australia persons 29,317 29,700 29,106 29,381 30,775
Belgium persons 10,105 10,968 11,065 11,212 12,126
Canada persons 38,804 39,489 40,229 40,718 37,542 ...
Denmark persons 3,721 3,944 3,947 3,829 4,091
France persons 60,978 60,544 64,787 66,572 67,075
Germany persons 72,295 70,827 69,543 68,533 66,221
Iceland persons 148 167 150 153 152 ... ...
Ireland persons 3,868 4,318 4,216 4,287 4,088
Italy persons 65,598 69,263 68,325 67,102 63,848
Mexico persons 186,614 188,013 213,758 207,278 218,373
Norway persons 3,340 3,564 3,866 4,052 3,869 ...
Spain persons 76,079 73,929 70,472 68,597 66,765
Sweden persons 7,286 6,846 6,669 6,296 5,723
USA persons 2,297,700 2,279,100 2,252,500 2,231,400 2,231,400
United Kingdom persons 91,325 93,322 94,279 94,625 91,574