Prison Systems Around the World

My name is Emily Jackson and this is my 20% Time project. I am a sophomore at Georgia Southern University. I am a criminal justice major which is why I chose to do my project on prison systems around the world. The purpose of my project is to take a look at prison systems around the world. This project is targeted for anyone interested in criminal justice and prison systems from around the world.


  • Prison population of 2,193,798 vs 318.9 million
  • Incarceration rate of 737 per 100,000
  • Recidivism rate of 52%


  • Prison population of 874,161 vs. 143.5 million
  • Incarceration rate of 615 per 100,000
  • Recidivism rate of 36%
  • Russia relies heavily on their longer than usual sentences and the general fear of punishment to keep recidivism rates low


  • Considered one of the most successful prison systems in the world
  • Prison population of only 3710 vs. 5.1 million
  • Incarceration rate of 71 per 100,000
  • Recidivism rate of 20%
  • Focuses on rehabilitation of prisoners rather than punishing them


  • Prison population of 1.5 million vs. 1.357 billion
  • Incarceration rate of 118 per 100,000
  • Among one of the lowest recidivism rates in the world- around 6%-8%

Prison systems around the world are very different. Countries like Norway and China that focus on rehabilitation rather than punishment prove to be effective in keeping prisoners out of prison once they get out. However, Russia, which relies on the fear of prison and dangerous conditions to keep people out of prison. America should examine the prison systems of Norway and China in order to improve our own system.


Created with images by anneileino - "massacre auschwitcz birkenau" • babawawa - "prison jail detention" • fsecart - "prison wall" • Rock77 - "bars prison black and white" • illustir - "Prison" • bedazelive - "old ancient prison"

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