Total Sentenced Persons Held

Based on a comparison of 90 countries in 2015, USA ranked the highest in sentenced persons held with 1,717,000 persons followed by China and Russia. On the other end of the scale was Liechtenstein with 16.0 persons, Monaco with 23.0 persons and Iceland with 139 persons.

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Countries Unit 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Albania persons             3,039 2,772 2,809 2,862 3,023    
Algeria persons             38,000 42,361 46,587 45,090 56,457    
Argentina persons ... ...         24,007 27,320 29,095 30,080 31,292    
Armenia persons ...           3,104 3,026 3,705 3,528 2,888    
Australia persons     ... ...     22,924 23,333 22,383 22,510 23,335    
Austria persons ... ...         5,757 5,319 6,197 7,014 7,053   ...
Azerbaijan persons ...           17,986 19,191 17,616 17,848 17,138   ...
Bahamas persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 612 ... ... ...
Bahrain persons             ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Bangladesh persons ... ...     ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Belarus persons             34,666 34,583 32,625 25,473 24,604   ...
Belgium persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...  
Belize persons ... ...     ... ... 1,114 928 1,016 1,075 1,197   ...
Bolivia persons ... ...         2,103 1,896 1,838 2,284 ... ... ...
Bosnia and Herzegovina persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 2,252 2,355 ... 2,560    
Botswana persons ...           3,229 4,071 3,662 ... 2,936   ...
Brazil persons ... ... ... ... ... ... 264,500 281,022 297,436 319,751 336,767    
Brunei persons     ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Bulgaria persons             8,116 8,320 8,786 8,566 8,060    
Burkina Faso persons ... ... ... ...   ... ... ... 3,159 ... ... ... ...
Burundi persons ... ... ...       3,961 3,976 5,096 2,393 3,782   ...
Cameroon persons ... ... ... ... ... ... 8,883 9,522 ... 8,654 9,582   ...
Canada persons             24,101 25,484 26,073 26,246 25,509   ...
Chile persons             45,750 48,388 48,661 45,224 41,478    
China persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...   ...
Colombia persons             51,423 58,528 73,131 79,313 82,980   ...
Costa Rica persons ...           6,620 7,748 8,975 10,143 10,583    
Croatia persons             3,679 3,974 4,188 3,974 3,418    
Cyprus persons             473 497 487 522 436    
Czech Republic persons ...           19,438 19,449 20,541 20,429 14,337    
Denmark persons             2,295 2,535 2,566 2,737 2,865    
Dominican Republic persons ... ...     ... ... ... ... 7,809 ... ... ... ...
Ecuador persons     ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 8,367 13,882   ...
El Salvador persons ... ...         14,452 16,223 17,986 20,664 20,838    
Estonia persons             2,719 2,649 2,628 2,532 2,428    
Finland persons             3,015 2,796 2,683 2,675 2,741    
France persons ... ... ...       45,583 44,842 48,508 50,118 50,453    
Georgia persons             18,161 20,932 22,601 18,487 7,638   ...
Germany persons             58,694 57,916 56,644 55,630 53,278    
Greece persons ... ...         7,823 8,299 8,225 8,150 9,832    
Guatemala persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 7,692 ... ... ...
Guinea persons ... ... ... ...     ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Guyana persons ...           1,223 ... 1,247 1,342 1,287 ...  
Honduras persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 5,777 5,713 6,110 6,358    
Hong Kong persons             8,542 8,698 7,890 7,851 7,589 ... ...
Hungary persons             10,655 11,241 12,028 11,981 12,788   ...
Iceland persons             123 154 138 127 139 ... ...
India persons ...           123,941 125,789 128,592 127,789 129,608 ... ...
Ireland persons             3,309 3,666 3,610 3,789 3,474    
Israel persons             13,750 13,518 12,272 12,092 11,910   ...
Italy persons             35,921 54,132 53,606 53,557 51,788    
Jamaica persons ... ... ... ... ... ... 4,575 ... 3,679 3,475 3,418    
Japan persons             67,083 64,891 62,084 59,676 56,110   ...
Jordan persons ... ...         3,816 3,068 ... 4,037 ... ... ...
Kazakhstan persons ... ...     ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Kenya persons ... ... ... ... ...   28,796 31,762 32,037 25,428 32,117    
Kosovo persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 824 968 1,202    
Kyrgyzstan persons             ... ... ... ... ... ...  
Latvia persons             5,055 4,749 4,526 4,196 3,613    
Lebanon persons ... ...     ... ... 3,650 3,710 3,719 3,207 3,025 ...  
Lesotho persons ... ... ... ...     2,104 ... ... ... ... ... ...
Liechtenstein persons ... ...     ... ... 5.00 5.00 5.00 7.00 21.0    
Lithuania persons             7,447 7,943 8,573 8,550 8,143    
Luxembourg persons ... ... ...       368 339 354 379 385    
Macao persons ... ... ... ... ...   623 702 844 874 898    
Macedonia persons         ...   2,215 2,157 2,212 ... ... ... ...
Madagascar persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 8,972 9,092 8,706 9,028    
Malta persons             316 351 381 415 419    
Mauritius persons             1,621 1,587 1,716 1,775 ... ... ...
Mexico persons             132,438 127,730 131,213 118,065 142,745    
Moldova persons ...           5,285 4,985 5,093 5,012 5,363   ...
Monaco persons             11.0 9.00 14.0 11.0 7.00 ...  
Mongolia persons ...           5,069 5,866 6,553 6,911 6,868    
Montenegro persons             814 1,052 990 971 760    
Morocco persons ... ... ... ...     28,203 34,408 ... ... ... ... ...
Mozambique persons ...           12,168 ... ... ... ... ... ...
Netherlands persons             10,422 10,314 9,826 9,633 9,287    
New Zealand persons ... ...         6,862 7,122 7,199 7,351 7,157    
Nicaragua persons ... ...         4,558 4,355 ... ... ... ... ...
Nigeria persons ... ... ... ... ...   11,610 12,403 12,330 ... 16,228 ... ...
Norway persons             2,763 2,789 2,982 3,142 2,908 ... ...
Palestine persons ... ... ... ... ...   3,332 4,668 5,377 6,988 ... ... ...
Panama persons ...           ... 4,201 4,093 4,964 ... ...  
Paraguay persons ... ...     ... ... ... ... 2,046 2,232 2,558    
Peru persons             16,593 18,222 20,079 25,498 30,927    
Philippines persons ...           2,949 2,810 2,984 3,091 2,320    
Poland persons             75,773 73,561 74,325 78,105 73,307    
Portugal persons             8,958 9,306 10,211 10,953 11,692    
Puerto Rico persons ... ... ... ... ...   9,721 9,266 9,692 10,279 10,474    
Qatar persons         ...   ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Romania persons             22,308 23,614 27,381 28,638 29,987    
Russia persons ...           732,822 699,427 643,515 588,281 563,256    
Rwanda persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...  
Senegal persons             4,405 3,899 ... ... ... ... ...
Serbia persons ... ... ... ...     8,282 7,879 7,910 7,694 8,137    
Seychelles persons ... ... ...       ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Sierra Leone persons ... ...         ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Singapore persons             11,288 11,154 10,028 9,901 10,042    
Slovakia persons             7,695 8,567 9,118 9,542 8,537    
Slovenia persons             1,080 1,260 1,184 1,299 1,294    
South Korea persons             32,297 31,981 31,198 31,434 32,137   ...
Spain persons             59,518 59,251 57,440 57,004 56,852    
Sri Lanka persons     ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Swaziland persons         ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Sweden persons             5,727 5,374 5,148 4,852 4,377    
Switzerland persons             3,084 3,199 3,220 3,349 3,737    
Syria persons     ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Thailand persons ... ...     ... ... 159,079 ... ... ... ...    
Togo persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 1,543 ... ... ...
Trinidad and Tobago persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 2,342 1,752 1,614    
Turkey persons             76,000 86,566 92,617 104,313 117,785    
Turkmenistan persons         ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Uganda persons             13,970 13,863 15,533 16,264 17,776   ...
Ukraine persons ... ...     ... ... ... 114,664 116,397 ... ... ... ...
United Arab Emirates persons         ... ... ... ... ... 6,459 6,637   ...
United Kingdom persons             76,364 83,233 84,159 85,238 82,239    
USA persons ...           1,814,400 1,796,500 1,782,500 1,754,500 1,745,400    
Uruguay persons     ... ... ... ... ... 3,066 3,332 3,092 3,465   ...
Yemen persons ...           4,419 ... ... ... ... ... ...
Zimbabwe persons ...           ... ... ... ... ... ... ...