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Section IV: Global Comparisons

Crime and incarceration around the world:

Victimization

  • Average percent of population in 17 industrialized countries that were a victim of a crime in 1999559: 21%
  • Percent of Australians who were a victim of a crime in 1999560: 30%
  • Percent of England and Wales who were a victim of a crime in 1999561: 26%
  • Percent of the Netherlands who were a victim of a crime in 1999562: 25%
  • Percent of Sweden who were a victim of a crime in 1999563: 25%
  • Percent of Canada who were a victim of a crime in 1999564: 24%
  • Percent of Scotland who were a victim of a crime in 1999565: 23%
  • Percent of Denmark who were a victim of a crime in 1999566: 23%
  • Percent of Poland who were a victim of a crime in 1999567: 23%
  • Percent of Belgium who were a victim of a crime in 1999568: 21%
  • Percent of France who were a victim of a crime in 1999569: 21%
  • Percent of the United States who were a victim of a crime in 1999570: 21%
  • Percent of Finland who were a victim of a crime in 1999571: 19%
  • Percent of Japan who were a victim of a crime in 1999572: 15%
  • Percent of Portugal who were a victim of a crime in 1999573: 15%

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

559 Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries Van Kesteren, J, Mayhew, P. & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2000) Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries: Key-findings from the 2000 International Crime Victims Survey. Chapter 2, Figure 6.

560 Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries Van Kesteren, J, Mayhew, P. & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2000) Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries: Key-findings from the 2000 International Crime Victims Survey. Chapter 2, Figure 6.

561 Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries Van Kesteren, J, Mayhew, P. & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2000) Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries: Key-findings from the 2000 International Crime Victims Survey. Chapter 2, Figure 6.

562 Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries Van Kesteren, J, Mayhew, P. & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2000) Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries: Key-findings from the 2000 International Crime Victims Survey. Chapter 2, Figure 6.

563 Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries Van Kesteren, J, Mayhew, P. & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2000) Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries: Key-findings from the 2000 International Crime Victims Survey. Chapter 2, Figure 6.

564 Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries Van Kesteren, J, Mayhew, P. & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2000) Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries: Key-findings from the 2000 International Crime Victims Survey. Chapter 2, Figure 6.

565 Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries Van Kesteren, J, Mayhew, P. & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2000) Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries: Key-findings from the 2000 International Crime Victims Survey. Chapter 2, Figure 6.

566 Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries Van Kesteren, J, Mayhew, P. & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2000) Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries: Key-findings from the 2000 International Crime Victims Survey. Chapter 2, Figure 6.

567 Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries Van Kesteren, J, Mayhew, P. & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2000) Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries: Key-findings from the 2000 International Crime Victims Survey. Chapter 2, Figure 6.

568 Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries Van Kesteren, J, Mayhew, P. & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2000) Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries: Key-findings from the 2000 International Crime Victims Survey. Chapter 2, Figure 6.

569 Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries Van Kesteren, J, Mayhew, P. & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2000) Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries: Key-findings from the 2000 International Crime Victims Survey. Chapter 2, Figure 6.

570 Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries Van Kesteren, J, Mayhew, P. & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2000) Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries: Key-findings from the 2000 International Crime Victims Survey. Chapter 2, Figure 6.

571 Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries Van Kesteren, J, Mayhew, P. & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2000) Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries: Key-findings from the 2000 International Crime Victims Survey. Chapter 2, Figure 6.

572 Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries Van Kesteren, J, Mayhew, P. & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2000) Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries: Key-findings from the 2000 International Crime Victims Survey. Chapter 2, Figure 6.

573 Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries Van Kesteren, J, Mayhew, P. & Nieuwbeerta, P. (2000) Criminal Victimisation in Seventeen Industrialised Countries: Key-findings from the 2000 International Crime Victims Survey. Chapter 2, Figure 6.

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