China and USA Are World Inprisonment Leaders

The Prison Policy Institute has detailed statistics of those held in US Federal, State and local prisons. It seems to include the 14,000 to 18,000 detained immigrants.

The total numbers in US prisons seems to be higher than in any other country. The US prison population is listed at 2.3 million. China is listed at 1.65 million.

There is an estimate that China has 650,000 in Ministry of Public Security detention centers.

There are estimates of 120,000 to 1 million Uyghurs were in internment camps. The 1 million figure is from a UN human rights panel.

Countries Listed by Incarceration Rates and Total Prison Population

Brazil’s imprisonment rate has nearly tripled in the last 20 years. 233,000 were in prison in Brazil in 2000 but is now about 750,000.

China Leads in Executions

China has the most executions with about a thousand per year according to Amnesty International. Iran is number two with about 250 and Saudi Arabia is third with about 150. Iran and Saudi Arabia are ahead of China on per capita executions.

SOURCES – Prison Studies, Wikipedia, Amnesty International, Prison Policy
Written by Brian Wang,