Which Country Has the Most Adults Held in Prisons?

Adults Held in Prisons, Penal or Correctional Institutions (persons), 2015
Law & Crime | December 30, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 64 countries in 2018, USA ranked the highest in adults held in prisons, penal or correctional institutions with 2,168,600 persons followed by Russia and Brazil. On the other end of the scale was Cuba with 523 persons, Malta with 564 persons and Luxembourg with 689 persons.

Data for more countries are available at Adults Held in Prisons, Penal or Correctional Institutions indicator page.

Adults Held in Prisons, Penal or Correctional Institutions Unit 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Algeria persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 50,000 48,506 49,582 49,567 59,744
Argentina persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 54,758 58,917 60,106 61,192 64,109
Brazil persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 473,626 496,251 514,582 549,786 582,483
France persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 60,309 59,856 64,075 65,848 66,344
Georgia persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 72,295 70,827 69,543 68,533 66,221
Indonesia persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 152,093 154,985
Mexico persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 224,749 219,027 230,943 224,969 246,334
Peru persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 61,390 67,597
Philippines persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 57,317 58,877 63,816 68,948 71,735
Poland persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 80,179 77,522 78,467 81,306 76,596
Russia persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 856,081 812,281 751,209 698,013 673,930
Thailand persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 213,094 ... ... ... ...
Turkey persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 113,661 118,701 126,270 134,019 143,500
USA persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 2,281,900 2,269,200 2,244,800 2,224,700 2,216,600
United Kingdom persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 88,164 90,783 91,915 92,654 90,142