PRAJA Penal Reform and Justice Association.
2003
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FACTS AND FIGURES RELATING TO PRISONS AND PRISONERS
  • World population about 6 billion
  • Prison population about 8 million
Of the 8 million imprisoned all over the world about:
  • 2.03 million are in the United States of America
  • 1.4 million are in China
  • 1 million are in Russia
  • 0.5 million are in five countries of South Asia
Rates of incarceration (calculated per hundred thousand of the population)

U. S. A.
Russia
U. K.
India
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:
:
:
701 per hundred thousand of the population
611 per hundred thousand of the population
125 per hundred thousand of the population
30 per hundred thousand of the population

With a fourth (1.5 billion) of the world's population India boasts low rates of incarceration (prisoners per hundred thousand of the population) - the average of the region being 30


Statistics paint incomplete and partial pictures about penal systems.

PRAJA seeks to reveal the whole picture in all the work it does in the firm belief that that there is more to the story than these statistics!

And what is this whole picture? In addition to low or high incarceration figures, and the extent of overcrowding, there are qualitative figures or factors about prisons and prisoners that are as vital:

So what are these qualitative figures ?