SDG 16 · Indicator

Persons held in prison

per 100,000 population

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Ratings provide a visual representation of a country’s performance on the indicator.


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SDG achieved

Challenges remain

Significant challenges remain

Major challenges remain

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The prison population is composed of persons held in prisons, penal institutions, or correctional institutions.

Long-Term Objective

Average of 5 best performers

The long-term objective for this indicator is a value of 25.


This indicator is used for OECD countries only.


UNODC (2020). Total Prison Population. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Vienna. Available from:

Persons held in prison