Bulgaria

CountryBulgaria
Ministry responsible
Ministry of Justice
Prison administration
Central Prison Administration
Contact address
21 Bd. Stoletov, BG-1309 SOFIA, Bulgaria
Telephone
+359 2 318013
Fax
+359 2 322184
Email
gumls@abv.bg
Head of prison administration (and title)
(Ms.) Gergana Georgieva
Director General
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
9 028
at October 2014 (via U.S. State Department human rights report - 8,153 in prisons, 875 in investigative detention centres)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
125
based on an estimated national population of 7.21 million at October 2014 (from Eurostat figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
21.1%
(1.1.2012)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
3.2%
(October 2014)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
0.8%
(October 2014 - under 18)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
2.0%
(1.1.2012)
Number of establishments / institutions
55
(2012 - 13 prisons and 42 police-run pre-trial detention centres)
Official capacity of prison system
10 550
(October 2014 - 8,763 in prisons, 1,787 in detention centres)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
85.6%
(October 2014)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2000 10,147 124
2002 8,994 114
2004 10,066 129
2006 11,436 148
2008 10,271 134
2010 9,006 119
2012 9,885 135
2015 9,028 125
2000 10,147 124
2002 8,994 114
2004 10,066 129
2006 11,436 148
2008 10,271 134
2010 9,006 119
2012 9,885 135
2015 9,028 125

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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

2,113
1,988
1,977

20.8%
18.3%
19.6%

26
26
26

2012

2,351

21.1%

32

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.

                                                  BULGARIA

Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2000
2005
2009

274
373
298

2.9%
3.0%
3.0%

3.4
4.8
3.9

2014

292

3.2%

4.0

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