Number of prisoners reached 61,614 persons in 2015 in Spain, according to the United Nations. This is 5.23 % less than in the previous year.
Historically, number of prisoners in Spain reached an all time high of 76,079 persons in 2009 and an all time low of 26,905 persons in 1987. When compared to Spain's main peers, number of prisoners in France amounted to 66,678 persons, 53,410 persons in Italy, 76,000 persons in Morocco and 14,373 persons in Portugal in 2015.
Spain has been ranked 20th within the group of 105 countries we follow in terms of number of prisoners.
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.