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Croatia Fares Well on World Prison Population List

jailCroatia last week found itself propping up the world’s most charitable nation’s list, but there is one list where it finds itself well away from the bottom – the World Prison Population List (WPPL)…

Croatia’s prison statistics have been released, with the latest official count showing 4,741 people held up in penal institutions in Croatia, at a rate of 106 per 100,000 of national population. On a European level the numbers are actually very low, but the problem in Croatia is that there is only a capacity to hold 3,771 inmates in the country.

To compare Croatia’s statistics with nations of similar population numbers, Georgia has 10, 202 prisoners, Moldova 6,710, Slovakia 10,152, and New Zealand with 8,597 prisoners. Latvia and Lithuania, with rates per 100,000 over 300, topped the list. Iceland, with just 152 prisoners at a rate of 47 were the lowest nation in Europe. The UK has 84,430 in jails around the country, whilst France has 62,443 and the USA 2,239,751 at a rate of 716.

More than 10.2 million people are held in penal institutions throughout the world according to the latest edition of the WPPL. If those reported to be held in ‘detention centres’ in China and prison camps in North Korea were included the total would be more than 11 million.

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