Number of Prisoners rose 0.616% to 66,678 persons in France in 2015

Number of Prisoners (persons)
Law & Crime | France | December 30, 2018
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Number of prisoners reached 66,678 persons in 2015 in France, according to the United Nations. This is 0.616 % more than in the previous year.

Historically, number of prisoners in France reached an all time high of 67,075 persons in 2013 and an all time low of 45,102 persons in 1989. When compared to France's main peers, number of prisoners in Belgium amounted to 10,994 persons, 63,020 persons in Germany, 53,410 persons in Italy and 61,614 persons in Spain in 2015.

France has been ranked 17th within the group of 105 countries we follow in terms of number of prisoners, 8 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
Austria persons 8,708 8,813 8,954 8,805 8,862 ...
Belgium persons 10,105 10,968 11,065 11,212 12,126
France persons 60,978 60,544 64,787 66,572 67,075
Germany persons 72,295 70,827 69,543 68,533 66,221
Italy persons 65,598 69,263 68,325 67,102 63,848
Luxembourg persons 702 681 637 666 656
Morocco persons 57,563 64,877 ... 70,675 72,000 ...
Netherlands persons 14,364 14,368 13,969 13,473 12,721
Poland persons 85,749 82,372 82,832 85,459 80,165
Portugal persons 11,287 11,839 12,955 13,875 14,535
Slovenia persons 1,365 1,351 1,273 1,377 1,360
Spain persons 76,079 73,929 70,472 68,597 66,765
Switzerland persons 5,605 5,765 5,626 6,102 6,652