Prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants reached 492 persons in 2012 in Russia, according to the United Nations. This is 6.78 % less than in the previous year.
Historically, prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants in Russia reached an all time high of 709 persons in 1996 and an all time low of 474 persons in 1989. When compared to Russia's main peers, prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants in China amounted to 121 persons, 82.9 persons in Germany, 52.8 persons in Japan and 704 persons in USA in 2012.
Russia has been ranked 2nd within the group of 53 countries we follow in terms of prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants.
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.