Which Country Has the Most Juveniles Held in Prisons?

Juveniles Held in Prisons, Penal or Correctional Institutions (persons), 2015 or latest
Law & Crime | December 30, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 82 countries in 2015, Brazil ranked the highest in juveniles held in prisons, penal or correctional institutions with 23,725 persons followed by China and Thailand. On the other end of the scale was Macao with 1.00 persons, Iceland with 2.00 persons and Luxembourg with 2.00 persons.

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

Juveniles 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
Argentina persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1,027 1,115 ...
Brazil persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 17,856 17,703 20,023 20,532 23,725 ... ...
Chile persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1,750 1,844 1,690 1,882 1,706
China persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 18,450 16,000 15,000 13,000 ...
Colombia persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1,219 1,584 ... ... 1,795 ... ...
Indonesia persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 4,353 5,076
Italy persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1,207 1,302 1,428 1,401 1,312
Mexico persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 11,728 11,239 11,684 10,583 10,963
Panama persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 660 ... 993 903 1,265 ... ...
Poland persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 5,570 4,850 4,365 4,153 3,569
Russia persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 7,819 5,756 4,439 3,896 3,357
Thailand persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Turkey persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 2,679 2,113 2,334 2,001 1,978
USA persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 9,998 9,900 7,700 6,700 5,900
United Kingdom persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 3,161 2,539 2,364 1,970 1,431