Highest to Lowest - Occupancy level (based on official capacity)

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Data shown in the highest to lowest lists are the most recent available but not necessarily from the same date. Please click on each individual country to see the date to which the data refer. As it is not possible to obtain meaningful comparative data on numbers of children in custody in different countries, we do not include juvenile imprisonment data in the highest to lowest lists.

Ranking Title Occupancy Level (%)
  Sao Tome e Principe 333.3
  New Zealand 93.8
  Colombia 125.0
  Ecuador 116.5
  Paraguay 171.6
  Switzerland 94.9
  Hong Kong (China) 74.0
  Panama 163.1
  Chile 91.3
  Kuwait 126.2
  Canada 102.2
  Mayotte (France) 242.4
  Hungary 101.5
  Papua New Guinea 116.5
  Nauru 14.0
  Japan 56.6
  Tonga 81.5
  Lithuania 68.4
  New Caledonia (France) 150.5
  French Polynesia (France) 97.1
  Martinique (France) 138.8
  Guadeloupe (France) 140.7
  French Guiana/Guyane (France) 168.8
  Reunion (France) 117.6
  Seychelles 53.8
  Australia 112.2
  Thailand 115.1
  Portugal 96.5
  Honduras 150.0
  Uganda 363.0
  United Kingdom: Scotland 97.4
  United Kingdom: Northern Ireland 77.8
  United Kingdom: England & Wales 110.9
  Turkey 117.8
  Slovenia 134.8
  Poland 87.6
  Norway 80.7
  Italy 119.8
  Ireland, Republic of 108.4
  Guernsey (United Kingdom) 79.1
  Georgia 82.9
  Austria 109.1
  Albania 88.2
  Taiwan 114.8
  Sri Lanka 215.6
  Indonesia 192.1
  Peru 231.0
  Sierra Leone 178.5
  Mexico 104.9
  Dominican Republic 161.0
  Nigeria 136.7
  Ghana 145.3
  Lebanon 194.4
  Cambodia 409.1
  Grenada 194.4
  Mozambique 245.8
  Madagascar 277.5
  Cote d'Ivoire 269.0
  France 122.9
  Belgium 114.6
  Czech Republic 97.3
  Burundi 314.6
  Costa Rica 120.4
  Slovakia 84.1
  Estonia 61.9
  Kenya 176.5
  Angola 122.5
  Morocco 154.8
  India 131.4
  Dominica 73.0
  Vietnam
  Iceland 80.0
  Mauritius 116.9
  Romania 120.6
  Niger 97.4
  Kosovo/Kosova 97.1
  Rwanda 138.1
  Libya 141.6
  Comoros 161.7
  Argentina 118.5
  South Africa 146.0
  Jordan 144.0
  Guatemala 299.4
  Bangladesh 197.9
  Nepal 153.7
  Senegal 129.7
  Cape Verde (Cabo Verde) 109.4
  Macau (China) 82.8
  Bolivia 287.8
  Brazil 173.9
  Mali 223.3
  Uruguay 130.1
  Guam (USA) 155.6
  Croatia 100.7
  Spain 74.1
  North Macedonia 98.1
  Liechtenstein 30.0
  Bulgaria 67.6
  Bosnia and Herzegovina: Republika Srpska 39.7
  Andorra 40.5
  Sweden 105.0
  Germany 77.6
  Azerbaijan 96.2
  Fiji 103.5
  Democratic Republic of Congo 322.8
  Israel 136.2
  Serbia 90.2
  Luxembourg 77.5
  Latvia 67.0
  Finland 94.9
  Armenia 52.5
  Netherlands 90.6
  Northern Mariana Islands (USA) 53.8
  United States of America 95.6
  San Marino 25.0
  Montenegro 77.0
  Monaco 31.0
  Moldova (Republic of) 91.9
  Uzbekistan 80.0
  Qatar
  South Sudan
  Liberia 222.1
  Cuba
  El Salvador 236.7
  Belize 57.1
  Malaysia 110.2
  Cameroon 164.8
  Benin 213.5
  Malta 58.7
  St. Lucia 102.8
  Cayman Islands (United Kingdom) 122.8
  Aruba (Netherlands) 68.4
  Antigua and Barbuda 266.7
  Afghanistan 179.9
  Zambia 238.2
  Burkina Faso 168.3
  Zimbabwe 130.1
  St. Vincent and the Grenadines 79.8
  Greece 103.4
  Cyprus (Republic of) 173.8
  Kyrgyzstan 61.7
  Republic of (South) Korea 108.1
  Faeroe Islands (Denmark) 87.9
  Greenland (Denmark) 89.0
  Anguilla (United Kingdom) 91.7
  Egypt
  Pakistan 136.8
  Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) 81.4
  Trinidad and Tobago 81.8
  St. Kitts and Nevis 144.0
  Puerto Rico (USA) 69.7
  Jamaica 87.0
  Barbados 61.5
  Tanzania 109.0
  Mauritania 101.8
  Eswatini/Swaziland 120.0
  Botswana 86.0
  Singapore 79.2
  Haiti 302.0
  Guyana 151.0
  Russian Federation 67.0
  Philippines 362.0
  Ukraine 54.4
  Vanuatu 106.7
  Gambia 172.5
  Samoa 121.2
  Maldives 125.0
  Kazakhstan 62.4
  Tajikistan 61.5
  Denmark 97.4
  Central African Republic
  Curaçao (Netherlands) 63.9
  Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor) 173.4
  Solomon Islands 77.7
  American Samoa (USA) 166.2
  Iraq 139.2
  Virgin Islands (USA) 162.5
  Gabon
  Venezuela 163.8
  Suriname 75.2
  Equatorial Guinea
  Chad 232.3
  Guinea (Republic of) 171.4
  Palau 132.8
  Mongolia 124.4
  Togo 183.5
  Algeria 119.0
  Malawi 233.8
  Namibia 75.4
  Laos
  Lesotho 70.6
  Myanmar (formerly Burma) 111.5
  Isle of Man (United Kingdom) 65.2
  Tunisia 126.4
  Yemen
  Guinea Bissau 102.2
  Jersey (United Kingdom) 69.5
  Gibraltar (United Kingdom) 93.9
  Turkmenistan 85.0
  China
  Sint Maarten (Netherlands) 96.3
  Bermuda (United Kingdom) 59.7
  Bahamas 161.7
  Saudi Arabia
  Djibouti 171.4
  Congo (Republic of) 616.9
  Bosnia and Herzegovina: Federation 98.3
  Brunei Darussalam 143.8
  Iran 153.0
  Belarus 83.4
  Marshall Islands 97.2
  Cook Islands (New Zealand) 50.0
  Nicaragua 177.6
  Bahrain 110.2
  Sudan 255.3
  Ethiopia
  Eritrea
  Kiribati 112.8
  Democratic People's Republic of (North) Korea
  Federal Republic of Somalia
  Oman
  Tuvalu
  Micronesia, Federated States of 88.0
  Bhutan
  United Arab Emirates 158.9
  Syria 65.6