Number of prisoners reached 53,410 persons in 2015 in Italy, according to the United Nations. This is 2.44 % less than in the previous year.
Historically, number of prisoners in Italy reached an all time high of 69,263 persons in 2010 and an all time low of 30,594 persons in 1989. When compared to Italy's main peers, number of prisoners in France amounted to 66,678 persons, 1,399 persons in Slovenia and 6,498 persons in Switzerland in 2015.
Italy has been ranked 24th within the group of 105 countries we follow in terms of number of prisoners, 3 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.