The real situation of Japanese prisons
and Nara Juvenile Prison’s grappling with it

Among juvenile delinquents who have committed crimes, those who the prosecutors’ office and the court decided should be sent to a penal institution are to be sent to a juvenile prison. What is counted as one of the main reasons in the background of those young people’s crimes is their feeling of uncertainty about life and work. The Former Nara Prison had played an important role as Nara Juvenile Prison since 1946, not only for their penal servitude, but also for their “rectification.” Despite the closure of Nara Juvenile Prison, prisons across this country are grappling with various tasks for the sake of released prisoners, such as social rehabilitation, prevention of reoffending, etc.

Figures for
The Former Nara Prison
*as of April 2018   Figures are given in round numbers.

Number of Japan’s juvenile prisons

Total quota for the juvenile prisons

Rate of reoffences by the gainfully employed and the unemployed

*Rate of reoffences by the unemployed to that by the employed is quadruple

The quota for Nara Juvenile Prison

The number of staffers at Nara Juvenile Prison

The ground area of Nara Juvenile Prison

*106,307 square meters, equivalent to 15 pitches

Graduates from job-training course

Number of users of Wakakusa Barbershop

*The grand total of the local residents and staff members who used the barbershop

Graduates from the correspondence-course senior high school

*Completion of Course