Belize

CountryBelize
Ministry responsible
Ministry of National Security (Home Affairs)
Prison administration
Kolbe Foundation, Belize Central Prison
Contact address
Hattieville Central Prison, PO Box 88, Belize City, Belize
Telephone
+501 225 6190 or 6191 or 6218 or 6229
Fax
+501 225 6278 or 6188
Website
Head of prison administration (and title)
Virgilio Murrillo
Chief Executive Officer
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
1 443
at 31.12.2015 (national prison administration)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
410
based on an estimated national population of 352,000 at end of 2015 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
30.1%
(31.12.2015)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
2.7%
(31.12.2015)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
3.1%
(9.1.2015 - under 18)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
11.1%
(9.1.2015)
Number of establishments / institutions
1
(2015 - Belize Central Prison, Hattieville)
Official capacity of prison system
Circa
1 750
(September 2014)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
Circa
87.3%
(September 2014)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2000 765 320
2002 951 377
2004 1,149 434
2006 1,363 489
2008 1,365 464
2010 1,420 460
2012 1,562 476
2014 1,527 446
2000 765 320
2002 951 377
2004 1,149 434
2006 1,363 489
2008 1,365 464
2010 1,420 460
2012 1,562 476
2014 1,527 446

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Pre-trial/remand prison population: trend

The table below gives an indication of the recent trend in the pre-trial/remand prison population. The final row shows the latest figures available.

It consists of the number of pre-trial/remand prisoners in the prison population on a single date in the year (or the annual average) and the percentage of the total prison population that pre-trial/remand prisoners constituted on that day.  

The final column shows the pre-trial/remand population rate per 100,000 of the national population. 

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Year

Number in
pre-trial/remand
imprisonment

Percentage
of total
prison population

Pre-trial/remand
population rate
(per 100,000 of
national population)

2001
2005
2010

131
330
305

14.5%
25.6%
21.8%

51
116
98

2015

434

30.1%

123

It should be noted that the number of pre-trial/remand prisoners fluctuates from day to day, month to month and year to year. Consequently the above figures give an indication of the trend but the picture is inevitably incomplete.

The pre-trial/remand population rate is calculated on the basis of the national population total. All national population figures are inevitably estimates but the estimates used in the World Prison Brief are based on official national figures, United Nations figures or figures from other recognised international authorities. 

Female prison population: trend

The table below gives an indication of the trend in the female prison population. The final row shows the latest figures available.

It consists of the number of female prisoners in the prison population on a single date in the year (or the annual average) and the percentage of the total prison population that female prisoners constituted on that day. 

The final column shows the female prison population rate per 100,000 of the national population.

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Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

Female prison
population rate
(per 100,000 of
national population)

2000
2005
2010

20
29
24

2.6%
2.3%
1.7%

8.4
10.5
7.7

2015

39

2.7%

11.1

The number of female prisoners fluctuates and so the above figures give an indication of the trend but the picture is inevitably incomplete.

The female prison population rate is calculated on the basis of the national population total. All national population figures are inevitably estimates but the estimates used in the World Prison Brief are based on official national figures, United Nations figures or figures from other recognised international authorities.

(If the rate were calculated on the basis of the number of females in the national population it would of course be approximately double the figure in the final column).

Prison population total
Prison population rate