North Korea

North Korea Crime Stats


Illicit drugs for years, from the 1970s into the 2000s, citizens of the Democratic People's Republic of (North) Korea (DPRK), many of them diplomatic employees of the government, were apprehended abroad while trafficking in narcotics, including two in Turkey in December 2004; police investigations in Taiwan and Japan in recent years have linked North Korea to large illicit shipments of heroin and methamphetamine, including an attempt by the North Korean merchant ship Pong Su to deliver 150 kg of heroin to Australia in April 2003 2011
Justice system > Punishment > Capital punishment (last execution year) 2,013 2014 15th out of 43
Punishment > Crimes possibly attracting life sentence ?? 2014
Punishment > Crimes requiring mandatory sentence Murder, espionage, treason 2014
Punishment > Has life imprisonment Yes 2014
Punishment > Life sentence under the age of 18 or 21 Yes 2014
Punishment > Maximum length of sentence None 2014
Punishment > Minimum life sentence to serve before eligibility for requesting parole Never 2014
Violent crime > Gun crime > Guns per 100 residents 0.6 2014 156th out of 170
Violent crime > Murder rate 3,658 2008 29th out of 184
Violent crime > Murder rate per million people 150.88 2008 45th out of 177
Violent crime > Murders 3,658 2008 29th out of 185
Violent crime > Murders per million people 150.88 2008 45th out of 178

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; Wikipedia: Capital punishment in Europe (Abolition); Wikipedia: Life imprisonment (Summary by country); Annexe I of the Small Arms Survey 2007 ; United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Source tables; United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Source tables. Population figures from World Bank: (1) United Nations Population Division. World Population Prospects, (2) United Nations Statistical Division. Population and Vital Statistics Report (various years), (3) Census reports and other statistical publications from national statistical offices, (4) Eurostat: Demographic Statistics, (5) Secretariat of the Pacific Community: Statistics and Demography Programme, and (6) U.S. Census Bureau: International Database.


North Korea Crime Profiles (Subcategories)

Punishment 6 Violent crime 5

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