Prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants reached 704 persons in 2012 in USA, according to the United Nations. This is 1.22 % less than in the previous year.
Historically, prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants in USA reached an all time high of 756 persons in 2007 and an all time low of 347 persons in 1987. When compared to USA's main peers, prisoners per 100,000 inhabitants in China amounted to 121 persons, 52.8 persons in Japan and 187 persons in Mexico in 2012.
USA has been ranked 1st 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.