El Salvador has the most prisoners
Ranked 47th globally, El Salvador with nearly 40,000 is the Central America country with the largest number of prisoners, according to World Prison Brief.
Guatemala is second in the Isthmus with a prison population close to 23,000, while Nicaragua is last with 14,000.
Globally, the United States leads with two million, while San Marino is last with only two persons in jail.
The study is based on official data about prison populations from governments of 223 nations (numbers in brackets indicate overall position of each country).
- El Salvador (47)
- Guatemala (60)
- Costa Rica (70)
- Honduras (73)
- Panama (76)
- Nicaragua (79)