Cape Verde (Cabo Verde)

CountryCape Verde (Cabo Verde)
Ministry responsible
Ministèrio da Justiça
Prison administration
Direcção Geral de Gestão Prisional e Reintegraçáo Social (DGPRS)
Contact address
Avenida OUA, Achada de Santo Antonio, CP 369, Praia, Ile de Santiago, Cape Verde
Telephone
+238 2 60 9900 or 9922 or 9926-8
Fax
+238 2 62 3172
Website
Head of prison administration (and title)
Julia Maria Santos dos Reis
Directora-Geral de Gestão Prisional e Reintegraçáo Social
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
1 569
at 2016 (national prison administration, via U.S. State Department human rights report)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
306
based on an estimated national population of 513,000 at mid-2016 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
29.6%
(2012)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
4.0%
(July 2013)
Number of establishments / institutions
5
(2013)
Official capacity of prison system
1 410
(2016)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
111.3%
(2016)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
1997 624 148
1999 755 172
2009 c 1,300 c 267
2012 1,348 273
1997 624 148
1999 755 172
2009 c 1,300 c 267
2012 1,348 273

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. 

                                      CAPE VERDE (CABO VERDE)

Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

1999
2010

38
73

5.0%
6.0%

8.7
14.9

2013

57

4.0%

11.4

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