Number of Prisoners rose 0.260% to 419,623 persons in India in 2015

Number of Prisoners (persons)
Law & Crime | India | December 30, 2018
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Number of prisoners reached 419,623 persons in 2015 in India, according to the United Nations. This is 0.26 % more than in the previous year.

Historically, number of prisoners in India reached an all time high of 419,623 persons in 2015 and an all time low of 313,635 persons in 2003. When compared to India's main peers, number of prisoners in Bangladesh amounted to 69,719 persons, 80,169 persons in Pakistan and 19,067 persons in Sri Lanka in 2015.

India has been ranked 3rd within the group of 105 countries we follow in terms of number of prisoners, 2 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
Afghanistan persons ... 18,283 ... 24,613 ... ...
Bangladesh persons ... ... 69,650 ... 68,700 72,104 ...
Bhutan persons ... ... ... ... 1,001 1,087 1,084 ...
China persons 1,623,394 1,646,593 1,656,773 1,641,931 1,680,000 ...
India persons 376,969 368,998 372,926 385,135 411,992
Iran persons ... 168,516 ... 250,000 ... 226,220 ...
Japan persons 75,250 72,975 69,876 67,008 62,971 ...
Malaysia persons ... 38,387 ... 36,608 39,144 ...
Maldives persons ... ... 830 ... 994 ... ...
Myanmar persons ... 60,053 ... 66,000 ... 60,000 ... ...
Pakistan persons 81,409 75,586 78,100 74,944 77,000
Russia persons 863,899 818,037 755,648 701,909 677,287 ...
Sri Lanka persons 27,151 26,025 23,213 23,215 27,000
USA persons 2,297,700 2,279,100 2,252,500 2,231,400 2,231,400