Penal colonies, which make up the vast majority of Russian prisons with 684 of the 692 penitentiaries, according to The New York Times, differ from a typical U.S. prison. Correctional officers in federal prisons in the U.S. can't harass prisoners as part of their jobs.... read more ›
The corrective colony is the most common, with 705 institutions (excluding 7 corrective colonies for convicts imprisoned for life) in 2019 across the administrative divisions of Russia. There were also 8 prisons, 23 juvenile facilities, and 211 pre-trial facilities in 2019.... read more ›
While the declining prison rate should be welcomed and encouraged by the international community, it must not deflect from the failures of the prison system evident to ordinary Russians—high recidivism rates (60 percent), continued inhumane treatment of prisoners, regular cases of torture, and poor prison conditions.... see more ›
Prison rates in the US are the world's highest, at 724 people per 100,000. In Russia the rate is 581. At 145 per 100,000, the imprisonment rate of England and Wales is at about the midpoint worldwide.... see more ›
Most of the prison facilities in Russia are known as penal colonies because inmates are required to perform labor during their sentence. These institutions inherit many of their practices from the gulags, a network of forced-labor camps that stretched across the Soviet Union.... see details ›
|Republic of MacedoniaMacedonia Rep.||15 years|
|Republic of the CongoCongo Rep.||Varies, depending on sentence|
Life imprisonment was introduced in Russia in 1992 as a pardon at death penalty replacement. The first prisoners became eligible for parole in 2017.... view details ›
What was the Gulag? The Gulag was a system of Soviet labour camps and accompanying detention and transit camps and prisons. From the 1920s to the mid-1950s it housed political prisoners and criminals of the Soviet Union. At its height, the Gulag imprisoned millions of people.... see details ›
Norway has one of the lowest recidivism rates in the world at 20%. The U.S. has one of the highest: 76.6% of prisoners are rearrested within five years. Among Norway's prison population that was unemployed prior to their arrests, they saw a 40% increase in their employment rates once released.... view details ›
Norway has one of the lowest recidivism rates in the world at about 20 percent. 5 It has more highly secured prisons compared to some of the other Scandinavian countries, yet still maintains normalcy within its prison system.... see details ›
|Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)||468 237 at 1.5.2022 (national prison administration)|
|Number of establishments / institutions||872 (March 2022 - 204 pre-trial SIZO institutions, 642 corrective colonies, 8 prisons, 18 juvenile colonies)|
Living in Russia. Living in Russia is quite affordable and spending from 150 $ to 200 $ a month is enough for an individual student. St. Petersburg and Moscow are well-known for being the most expensive to live in.... read more ›
Since 2002, the United States has had the highest incarceration rate in the world. Although prison populations are increasing in some parts of the world, the natural rate of incarceration for countries comparable to the United States tends to stay around 100 prisoners per 100,000 population.... view details ›
The racial geography of mass incarceration for Blacks. Blacks are incarcerated at a rate about 5 times higher than whites, but prisons are disproportionately located in majority-white areas.... see details ›
Seychelles has the highest prison population rate in the world with 799 per 100,000 of its total population. It is followed by the United States (698), St. Kitts & Nevis (607), Turkmenistan (583), and U.S. Virgin Islands (542). More than half (54%) of all countries and territories have rates lower than 150 per 100,000.... see details ›
|Year||Prison population total||Prison population rate|
- United States — 2,068,800.
- China — 1,690,000.
- Brazil — 811,707.
- India — 478,600.
- Russia — 471,490.
- Thailand — 309,282.
- Turkey — 291,198.
- Indonesia — 266,259.
As of 2020, it is estimated that 1.7 million people had been incarcerated in China, which is the second-highest prison population after the United States (USA). The country's per-capita incarceration rate is 121 per 100,000 of the national population.... see more ›