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Imprisonment rates for OECD countries, May 2011

Imprisonment rates for OECD countries, May 2011

This graph shows the imprisonment rates in May 2011 of the 34 countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The figures indicate the number of prisoners per 100,000 of the population of each country. New Zealand had the eighth-highest imprisonment rate, with 199 prisoners per 100,000. The United States had by far the highest rate, with 743 prisoners per 100,000 people.

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Source: International Centre for Prison Studies, World Prison Population List. 9th ed, 2011.

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Peter Clayworth, 'Prisons - New Zealand’s prisons', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 20 Jun 2012