Adults Brought into Formal Contact with the Police or Criminal Justice System

Based on a comparison of 56 countries in 2012, USA ranked the highest in adults brought into formal contact with the police or criminal justice system with 10,879,600 followed by India and Germany. On the other end of the scale was Moldova with 1,878, Montenegro with 4,013 and Malta with 4,773.

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Countries Unit 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Albania ... ...   7,999 8,950 11,658 10,565 13,386    
Algeria       142,463 138,521 135,809 139,297 147,043    
Armenia ...     6,522 5,077 5,398 10,412 11,712    
Australia ... ... ... ... ... 259,616 288,823 303,042   ...
Austria ...     201,285 207,781 197,073 206,517 204,171    
Azerbaijan       18,077 17,249 17,814 ... 18,250 ...  
Belarus       44,211 72,114 67,777 68,900 ... ... ...
Belgium ... ... ... 187,965 195,575 202,287 209,821 208,262    
Bosnia and Herzegovina ... ... ... ... 10,013 8,890 23,207 24,758    
Bulgaria       55,498 50,166 49,188 50,688 54,126    
Canada       549,727 552,322 564,838 574,217 576,904    
Chile       456,019 445,542 503,575 556,869 558,373    
Colombia ...     226,942 195,095 155,988 176,633 197,732    
Croatia       29,455 28,439 28,165 29,384 27,929    
Czech Republic ...     113,918 118,761 113,316 115,802 106,989    
Denmark       44,051 ... ... ... ... ... ...
Egypt       75,264 82,344 83,803 71,545 70,966   ...
Estonia     ... ... 14,261 15,960 13,947 15,438   ...
Finland       251,309 273,194 269,621 262,824 267,021    
France       898,736 925,172 964,572 960,225 930,072    
Georgia       16,915 24,045 23,992 18,693 17,544 ... ...
Germany       1,904,193 1,915,424 1,888,533 1,898,855 1,829,300    
Greece ...     197,476 186,956 208,493 190,234 82,771   ...
Hungary       147,095 136,803 135,744 128,205 131,120    
Iceland   ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
India ...     2,626,784 2,750,788 2,851,324 2,820,048 2,919,651 ... ...
Ireland ...     86,382 ... ... ... ... ... ...
Israel ...     129,575 129,500 138,048 ... ...   ...
Italy       770,307 826,877 857,967 838,971 838,284    
Japan       271,433 262,353 248,786 242,606 236,774    
Kazakhstan ... ... ... ... 63,223 62,553 62,951 70,912    
Kenya ... ...   75,143 ... ... 75,501 65,943    
Kyrgyzstan       15,206 13,331 13,947 14,683 13,451    
Latvia       14,296 19,783 24,189 22,037 24,076    
Lithuania       18,848 17,278 17,486 18,180 19,081    
Luxembourg ... ... ... 13,099 14,889 16,017 19,949 17,998   ...
Macedonia ... ...   12,805 17,764 18,802 17,211 17,678    
Malta       2,808 2,876 3,262 3,369 4,118    
Mexico ... ...   1,471,101 1,587,030 1,627,371 1,665,791 1,705,882    
Moldova ... ... ... ... 2,469 1,694 2,038 1,994    
Mongolia       15,270 16,373 17,562 18,669 18,471   ...
Montenegro ... ...   7,373 6,736 6,421 6,150 5,411    
Morocco       293,033 310,506 310,908 321,893 ... ...  
Netherlands       381,500 387,500 375,220 346,155 319,645    
New Zealand ... ...   149,645 159,601 167,138 183,317 171,392    
Norway       30,490 30,952 29,069 28,975 30,840   ...
Peru ...     46,830 50,741 57,288 63,550 ... ... ...
Philippines ... ...   59,449 ... ... ... ... ... ...
Poland       534,177 485,857 464,545 470,827 464,992    
Portugal       243,821 233,933 220,764 236,553 205,734    
Romania       174,003 213,589 216,588 222,477 230,672    
Russia       1,212,265 1,185,617 1,148,309 1,134,337 1,038,453   ...
Serbia ... ...   46,456 50,106 52,008 51,039 50,682    
Singapore       17,652 17,976 17,381 16,990 17,979    
Slovakia ... ...   47,505 47,399 47,177 51,544 49,151    
Slovenia       16,612 16,317 16,056 17,773 18,717    
South Korea       1,902,149 1,993,884 2,210,076 2,093,370 ... ... ...
Spain ... ...   279,560 248,565 278,712 314,377 304,543    
Sweden       82,346 83,399 88,325 92,410 95,051    
Switzerland ... ...   51,332 ... ... 113,079 113,327    
Tajikistan ... ... ... 2,983 3,187 3,098 3,309 5,232   ...
Turkmenistan       6,351 ... ... ... ... ... ...
Ukraine ...     197,541 198,521 194,199 199,134 212,435 ... ...
United Kingdom ... ... ... ... 66,388 71,957 ... ... ... ...
USA       12,169,354 12,040,311 11,906,169 11,782,629 11,479,467