World Prison Brief

Institute for Criminal Policy Research

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The World Prison Brief is an online database comprising information on prisons and the use of imprisonment around the world. World Prison Brief data are available here.   

The World Prison Brief was formerly hosted by the International Centre for Prison Studies, which was founded in 1997 for the purposes of conducting research on prisons and imprisonment; developing and disseminating knowledge about how imprisonment should be used; and contributing to improved policy and practice in prisons across the world.  Publications produced by the International Centre for Prison Studies, alongside the World Prison Brief, are available on this website; these include the prisons handbook, A Human Rights Approach to Prison Management.

In November 2014, the Centre merged with the Institute for Criminal Policy Research at Birkbeck, University of London. The Institute for Criminal Policy Research provides a home within which the Centre’s work on the World Prison Brief and other research and project-based activities will continue to grow and develop.  

More than 10.35 million people are in prison around the world, new report published by the Institute for Criminal Policy Research shows.

More than 10.35 million people are held in penal institutions throughout the world according to the latest edition of the World Prison Population List (WPPL). 

The WPPL provides up-to-date information on the global prison population and the rate per 100,000 of the national population in 223 countries and territories. It also includes information about trends in prison population levels and about the difference between male and female prison population levels.

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