Prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants reached 255 persons in 2012 in Estonia, according to the United Nations. This is 2.93 % less than in the previous year.
Historically, prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants in Estonia reached an all time high of 354 persons in 2002 and an all time low of 255 persons in 2012. When compared to Estonia's main peers, prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants in Finland amounted to 61.3 persons, 298 persons in Latvia, 322 persons in Lithuania and 492 persons in Russia in 2012.
Estonia has been ranked 8th within the group of 53 countries we follow in terms of prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants, 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.