Explore our global datasets on children’s rights issues including the minimum age of criminal responsibility, life imprisonment of children and the number of children deprived of their liberty. If you have any questions about this data, please email us.

Minimum age of criminal responsibility

Information on minimum ages of criminal responsibility around the world, which you can explore using this interactive map. Information can also be found regarding all corresponding minimum age legislation.

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Life imprisonment of children around the world

Research examining the legality of life imprisonment and the maximum prison terms that can be applied to children around the world, country by country.

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Numbers of children detained in the criminal justice system

A compilation of information published on the number of children detained in the world’s criminal justice systems. These figures draw on information from national statistical bodies, ministries of justice, the United Nations Organisation on Drugs and Crime, UN reports and the publications of NGOs.

Explore the data, divided by region