Section IV: Global Comparisons

Crime and incarceration around the world:

Incarceration

  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in the United States574: 700
  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in Russia575: 665
  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in Mexico576: 150
  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in Canada577: 105
  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in Demark578: 60
  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in Finland579: 50
  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in Iceland580: 30
  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in Norway581: 60
  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in Sweden582: 65
  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in England and Wales583: 125
  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in Ireland584: 80
  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in Italy585: 95
  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in France586: 80
  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in Germany587: 95
  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in Portugal588: 130
  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in Estonia589: 330
  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in Latvia590: 355
  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in Japan591: 45
  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in Saudi Arabia592: 45
  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in China593: 110
  • Number of prisoners per 100,000 population in Australia594: 110

This page is an excerpt from The Prison Index: Taking the Pulse of the Crime Control Industry (April 2003) by Peter Wagner, published by the Western Prison Project and the Prison Policy Initiative.

Footnotes

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    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be in New York for the reception of the exhibition, Prison Obscura, curated by Prison Photography editor Pete Brook. The exhibition includes Prison Map by Josh Begley and Proliferation by Paul Rucker, both of which rely on Prison Policy Initiative data to show the scale of mass incarceration. The event will be held at Parsons School of Design from 6:30-8:30pm and a Curator’s Talk by Pete Brooks at 5:45pm.
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  • February 6, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner will be at Yale for a panel presentation at the Equality Re-Imagined Conference.
  • February 20, 2015:
    Executive Director Peter Wagner, Board Member Amanda Alexander and Advisory Board Member Bruce Reilly will present on a panel entitled “The fight against mass incarceration: Combining litigation and policy work for systemic change” at RebLaw at Yale Law School from 3-4:30pm.
  • February 24, 2015:
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