As you can see, the above graphic comes from Business Day, listing the number of people in prison per 100,000 inhabitants.
Besides America there at the top (SUA), all of the other countries are in the European Union. Romania is right about “average” and has roughly 23,000 people behind bars. Of these, just 133 are serving a “life” sentence.
I say “life” because in Europe (and Romania) generally this means a maximum of about 30 years. That’s still one heck of a chunk of a person’s existence on this planet though.
Unfortunately, all of those statistics are from 2009 and I was unable to find anything more recent on Romania’s INS (National Institute of Statistics) website.
I do note that just about 5% of the prisoners in the survey, whether from Romania or the other countries, are female. The remaining 95% are male.
And just because it rarely seems to be understood around here, approximately one quarter (1 in 4) of all the people behind bars worldwide are in the United States. You can read much, much more about that here. That’s why I always consider the United States to be going through some kind of civil war, a war of the state versus a sizable chunk of its population.
Indeed, if Romania were to suddenly imprison as many people as they do in America, there’d be over 128.000 prisoners in this country. Thank goodness that’s not the case.
* The title of this post comes from the word pârnaie, a kind of street slang word used to refer to prisons/jails. Consider it the equivalent in English to “slammer” or “big house” or “calaboose“.