Which Country Has the Highest Capacity of Adult Prisons?

Official Capacity of Adult Prisons, Penal or Correctional Institutions, 2012 or latest
Law & Crime | December 30, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 57 countries in 2012, USA ranked the highest in official capacity of adult prisons, penal or correctional institutions with 2,178,000 followed by Russia and Brazil. On the other end of the scale was Iceland with 141, Malta with 613 and Luxembourg with 711.

Data for more countries are available at Official Capacity of Adult Prisons, Penal or Correctional Institutions indicator page.

Official Capacity of Adult Prisons, Penal or Correctional Institutions Unit 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Algeria ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 31,500 36,530 36,530 ... 62,121
Argentina ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 46,494 49,322 53,044 56,002 58,211
Brazil ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 242,294 275,194 296,428 294,684 298,275
Colombia ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 52,414 52,555 54,777 55,042 67,965
France ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 49,512 50,840 53,940 55,271 ...
Germany ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 79,960 80,708 79,713 78,921 77,944
Indonesia ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Japan ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 73,543 79,946 82,486 85,086 84,914
Mexico ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 171,488 ... ... 173,060 181,876
Poland ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 74,562 78,883 83,112 84,118 84,852
Russia ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 938,907 939,196 935,732 928,169 922,959 ...
Turkey ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 73,396 92,593 95,307 105,085 112,654 ...
USA ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 2,013,400 2,045,900 2,114,000 2,138,100 2,148,500
Ukraine ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 119,049 117,925 118,259 117,612 112,263 ...
United Kingdom ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 77,970 79,922 83,054 83,575 9,065