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Number of Prisoners in United Kingdom

Source: National Statistical Office, Eurostat
Last Updated: Jun 1, 2016

Number of prisoners reached 93,635 persons in 2015 in United Kingdom, according to the United Nations. This is 0.555 % more than in the previous year.

Historically, number of prisoners in United Kingdom reached an all time high of 94,625 persons in 2012 and an all time low of 52,106 persons in 1990. When compared to United Kingdom's main peers, number of prisoners in Belgium amounted to 10,994 persons, 66,678 persons in France, 63,020 persons in Germany and 3,755 persons in Ireland in 2015.

United Kingdom has been ranked 10th within the group of 105 countries we follow in terms of number of prisoners, 5 places above 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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