I wonder if there is any statistics by country on the percent of population that have completed a prison sentence or were sentenced.

So far I only found statistics on the percentage of currently imprisoned, but this depends on average term which varies by country.

  • Did you find anything in self-research since Nov 6? The info seems interesting. – LateralFractal Nov 17 '14 at 4:00
  • @LateralFractal no – Anixx Nov 17 '14 at 4:03
  • Pity. I might have a crack at this one later. – LateralFractal Nov 17 '14 at 4:06
  • @LateralFractal I am quite sure the percent would be highest for Russia. The US leads by the percent of currently imprisoned, but this is because they give incredible prison terms. – Anixx Nov 25 '14 at 19:39
  • Do you have any statistics for Russia? I suspect USA would be in the leadership, because they imprison for minor offences, like drug abuse. But such raw statistics wouldn't be useful per se, they don't say if the criminality rate is high in the given country, or the given country is very 'generous' with serving imprisonments. – Danubian Sailor Nov 26 '14 at 14:43

For the United States this Department of Justice report details how likely it is for someone to go to prison during their lifetime by age, race and gender. The report says that:

An estimated 5.1% of all persons in the United States will be confined in a State or Federal prison during their lifetime.

As for the rest of the world, it's hard to say but that should get you somewhere.

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