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Corrections: A Global Perspective
Corrections: A global perspective
Trends in Imprisonment Rates

On the basis of the latest available figures of the World Prison Population List, collated by British criminologist Roy Walmsley, the world imprisonment rate was approximately 147 per 100,000 population in 2004–2006. This figure indicates that at that time, over 9 million people were being held in penal institutions around the world, either as pretrial detainees or after having been convicted.1 According to informed estimates, the Chinese numbers exclude 610,000 people in “administrative detention” ordered by the prosecutors outside court procedures and another 400,000 people in pretrial detention (Walmsley, 2007). If these estimated dark numbers of Chinese prisoners are added, the world total of inmates can be estimated at 10.2 million. This amounts to the ...

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