11 Countries with the Highest Rates of Incarceration in the World

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The prisoners are lined up in this list of the 11 countries with the highest rates of incarceration in the world. Prisons have become a necessary structure in the safe society. In order to avoid having dangerous people out in the streets, they had to be contained. This has also reduced the lawlessness of people because they’ve gained a fear of being put in jail. However, even with prisons, many crimes are still done on a daily basis. Crimes can come from a variety of reasons, desperation, need, violence, and craziness among other things.

In order to accurately portray this list, we again have to consider the number of people incarcerated per capita. We list down how many people are incarcerated per 100,000 in the population. This ranking levels the field as it accounts for percentages and not only raw numbers. Criminals can be dangerous as well as the places they frequent. Some of these places are listed in The 10 Most Dangerous Places in the World.

What countries do you think have a high rate of incarceration? Some of the countries here may not be ones you are aware of. A high incarceration rate can mean either of two things, either there is a high crime rate or the country is just very good at catching criminals. Let’s go to the first country in this list:

11. Thailand

Incarceration rate – 435

With a high incarceration rate in Thailand, prisons are overcrowded. Inmates do not have beds and often sleep together on the floor inside small cells. Meal times are also very limited. You can often find 60 prisoners side-by-side inside a cell. The last execution in Thailand was done in the year 2002.


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