Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 7, 2018 – St. Kitts and Nevis is named in one of Britain’s leading newspapers among the nations with high incarceration and murder rates.
In the article headlined “Cannibalism, murder and chronic obesity: 10 island paradises with dark and deadly secrets,” the Seychelles has the highest incarceration rate on Earth.
According to 2014 figures, the Seychelles has an incarceration rate of 799 per 100,000 inhabitants – higher than any other nation (including the US, which is second on 693).
With its tiny population of around 95,000, that equates to fewer than 800 people doing time (the prison population in the US is a remarkable 2.2m), but it’s remarkable nonetheless. A small portion (around five-10 percent) of those detained in the Seychelles are Somali pirates.
“Two more holiday paradises – St. Kitts and Nevis and the US Virgin Islands – also make the top five, according to the International Centre for Prison Studies.
The Telegraph said the US Virgin Islands has one of the world’s highest murder rates.
“Synonymous with white sand beaches, private isles and super yachts, the US Virgin Islands also has the fourth highest murder rate on the planet: 49.26 per 100,000 inhabitants (only El Salvador, Honduras and Venezuela can beat it),” the Telegraph reported.
“A few other Caribbean destinations – Jamaica, in fifth, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (eighth) and St. Kitts and Nevis, in ninth – make the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s top 10,” said the report.