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Top 15 Countries With the Most Prisoners

Prisons are facilities where people who break laws or commit crimes are legally held as a punishment. The United States has the most prisoners on record with over 2 million incarcerated at a rate of 655 prisoners per 100,000 residents. China, the most populous country in the world is at number two with over 1.7 million prisoners.

See the rest of the list below.

1. United States

Number of prisoners – 2.1 million

2. China

Number of prisoners – 1.7 million

3. Brazil

Number of prisoners – 773,000

4. Russian Federation

Number of prisoners – 511,000

5. India

Number of prisoners – 466,000

6. Thailand

Number of prisoners – 375,000

7. Turkey

Number of prisoners – 286,000

8. Iran

Number of prisoners – 240,000

9. Philippines

Number of prisoners – 215,000

10. Indonesia

Number of prisoners – 286,000

11. Mexico

Number of prisoners – 198,000

12. South Africa

Number of prisoners – 154,000

13. Vietnam

Number of prisoners – 123,000

14. Ethiopia

Number of prisoners – 113,000

15. Colombia

Number of prisoners – 112,000


Note – figures are rounded off

Source – Statista

Written by Emeka Nweze

Content writer and contributor.

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