A Country of Prisoners…Drug Prisoners

Provided below is a list of the countries with the highest rate of incarceration.

This list stands as a testament to the failed drug policy in the United States of America, as over 50% of prisoners are convicted of crimes related to the possession or trafficking of illegal drugs.

Notable countries on the list: Singapore (40), Canada (124), Portugal–where virtually all drugs have been decriminalized–(128), and Egypt (150).

Prison Population Rates per 100,000 of the national population

1 United States of America 743
2 Russian Federation 577
3 St. Kitts and Nevis 551
4 Rwanda 545
5 Virgin Islands (USA) 539
6 Georgia 538
7 Palau 478
8 Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) 468
9 Belize 449
10 Bermuda (United Kingdom) 428
11 Anguilla (United Kingdom) 401
12 Kazakhstan 400
13 Belarus 385
14 Seychelles 381
15 Bahamas 376
16 El Salvador 370
17 French Guiana/Guyane (France) 365
18 Cayman Islands (United Kingdom) 361
19 Grenada 358
20 Suriname c.356
21 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 346
22 Maldives 343
23 Ukraine 334
24 St. Lucia 332
25 Antigua and Barbuda 329
26 Barbados 326
27 Israel 325
28 Dominica 324
28 Panama 324
30 Netherlands Antilles (Netherlands) 319
30 South Africa 319
32 Latvia 314
33 Thailand 313
34 Guam (USA) 309
35 Chile 304
36 Puerto Rico (USA) 303
37 Tunisia 297
38 Taiwan 282
39 Trinidad and Tobago 276
40 Singapore 273
41 Aruba (Netherlands) 269
42 Botswana 267
43 Guyana 261
43 Uruguay 261
45 Lithuania 260
46 Estonia 256
47 Brazil 253
48 Azerbaijan 240
49 United Arab Emirates 238
50 Greenland (Denmark) 234
51 Costa Rica 228
52 Turkmenistan 224
53 Iran 223
54 Swaziland 219
55 Poland 217
56 Czech Republic 214
57 Dominican Republic 213
58 Nauru 211
59 Jersey (United Kingdom) 206
60 New Zealand 203
61 Libya 200
61 Mexico 200
63 American Samoa (USA) 198
64 Gabon 196
65 Namibia 194
66 Martinique (France) 191
67 Mongolia 188
68 Slovakia 185
69 Colombia 180
70 Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) 178
70 Saudi Arabia 178
72 Moldova (Republic of) 177
73 Guadeloupe (France) 174
73 Jamaica 174
75 Macau (China) 170
76 Gibraltar (United Kingdom) 169
77 Morocco 167
78 Mauritius 166
78 Turkey 166
80 Reunion (France) 161
81 Albania 159
81 Spain 159
83 Algeria 158
84 Montenegro 157
85 Peru 155
86 United Kingdom: England & Wales 154
87 French Polynesia (France) 153
87 Hungary 153
87 Sri Lanka 153
90 Argentina 151
90 Honduras 151
92 Armenia 149
92 Bahrain 149
92 United Kingdom: Scotland 149
95 Serbia 143
96 Northern Mariana Islands (USA) 142
97 Hong Kong (China) 141
97 Tonga 141
99 Malta 140
100 Luxembourg 139
101 Kuwait 136
102 Fiji 135
103 Australia 133
103 Kyrgyzstan 133
103 New Caledonia (France) 133
103 Romania 133
107 Malaysia 130
107 Tajikistan 130
109 Burundi 126
109 Cook Islands (New Zealand) 126
111 Uzbekistan c.122
111 Vietnam 122
113 Isle of Man (United Kingdom) 121
113 Lebanon 121
113 Zimbabwe c.121
116 Bulgaria 120
116 China 120
116 Lesotho 120
116 Myanmar (formerly Burma) 120
116 Zambia 120
121 Nicaragua 119
122 Cameroon 118
122 Jordan 118
124 Canada 117
124 Kenya 117
126 Venezuela 114
127 Italy 113
128 Portugal 112
129 Philippines 111
130 Macedonia (former Yugoslav Republic of) 109
131 Croatia 107
132 Brunei Darussalam 106
133 Cyprus (Republic of) 105
134 Guernsey (United Kingdom) 104
135 Austria 103
136 Greece 102
137 Iraq 101
138 Ireland, Republic of 99
138 Samoa (formerly Western Samoa) 99
140 Ethiopia 98
140 Republic of (South) Korea 98
142 Belgium 97
142 Paraguay 97
144 France 96
145 Cambodia 94
145 Netherlands 94
147 Tanzania 92
148 Uganda 91
149 Madagascar 90
150 Egypt 89
150 Micronesia, Federated States of 89
152 Bolivia 87
153 United Kingdom: Northern Ireland 86
154 Germany 85
154 Mayotte (France) 85
156 Sao Tome e Principe 83
156 Yemen 83
158 Ecuador 79
158 Papua New Guinea 79
158 Switzerland 79
161 Malawi 78
161 Marshall Islands 78
161 Sweden 78
164 Monaco 76
164 Vanuatu 76
166 Bosnia and Herzegovina: Republika Srpska 75
167 Guatemala 72
168 Andorra 71
168 Denmark 71
168 Norway 71
171 Laos 69
172 Mozambique 68
173 Bosnia and Herzegovina: Federation 67
173 Slovenia 67
175 Benin 66
176 Togo 65
177 Kiribati 64
178 Kosovo/Kosova c.62
179 Djibouti 61
179 Indonesia 61
179 Oman 61
182 Finland 60
182 Iceland 60
184 Japan 59
185 Syria 58
186 Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) c.57
187 Afghanistan 56
187 Cote d’Ivoire 56
187 Ghana 56
190 Qatar 55
191 Haiti 53
191 Senegal 53
193 Angola c.52
193 Mali 52
195 Central African Republic 49
196 Bangladesh c.47
197 Niger 46
198 Pakistan 45
198 Solomon Islands 45
198 Sudan 45
201 Sierra Leone 41
202 Liberia 40
203 Republic of Guinea 37
204 Chad 35
205 Burkina Faso 32
205 Gambia 32
205 India 32
208 Congo (Brazzaville) c.31
209 Comoros c.30
210 Nigeria 29
211 Liechtenstein 28
212 Mauritania 26
213 Faeroe Islands (Denmark) 25
213 Tuvalu 25
215 Nepal c.24
216 Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor) 20
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