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Number of Prisoners in Germany

Source: National Statistical Office, Eurostat (until 1990 former territory of the FRG)
Last Updated: Jun 1, 2016

Number of prisoners reached 63,020 persons in 2015 in Germany, according to the United Nations. This is 0.329 % less than in the previous year.

Historically, number of prisoners in Germany reached an all time high of 80,933 persons in 2004 and an all time low of 48,998 persons in 1989. When compared to Germany's main peers, number of prisoners in Belgium amounted to 10,994 persons, 66,678 persons in France and 71,772 persons in Poland in 2015.

Germany has been ranked 18th within the group of 105 countries we follow in terms of number of prisoners, 2 places behind 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.


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