Bolivia

CountryBolivia
Ministry responsible
Ministerio de Interior y Policia
Prison administration
Dirección Nacional de Régimen Penitenciario y Supervisión
Contact address
Av. Arce No. 2316, La Paz, Bolivia
Telephone
+591 2 244 0256
Fax
+591 2 244 0256
Head of prison administration (and title)
Jorge Valentin Lopez
Director Nacional
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
14 598
at July 2016 (national prison administration)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
130
based on an estimated national population of 11.21 million at July 2016 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
69.0%
(February 2016)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
8.2%
(2016)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
12.9%
(2012 - under 21)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
4.1%
(31.12.2014)
Number of establishments / institutions
61
(2016 - 19 urban, 42 rural)
Official capacity of prison system
5 750
(July 2016)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
253.9%
(July 2016)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2000 8,151 95
2002 6,065 68
2004 6,495 70
2006 7,031 73
2008 7,433 75
2010 9,406 92
2012 14,272 135
2014 14,220 130
2015 14,598 130
2000 8,151 95
2002 6,065 68
2004 6,495 70
2006 7,031 73
2008 7,433 75
2010 9,406 92
2012 14,272 135
2014 14,220 130
2015 14,598 130

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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)

2000
2005
2010

5,415
5,029
7,259

66.4%
74.0%
77.2%

63
53
71

2016

c. 9,620

69.0%

86

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
2009

1,393
913
892

17.1%
13.4%
12.0%

16.2
9.7
 8.9

2016

1,157

8.2%

10.3

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