Cook Islands (New Zealand)

CountryCook Islands (New Zealand)
Ministry responsible
Ministry of Justice
Prison administration
Cook Islands Prison Service
Contact address
P.O.Box 2174, Aroranga, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
Telephone
+682 29457
Fax
+682 29610
Website
Email
prison@oyster.net.ck
Head of prison administration (and title)
Henry Heather
Superintendent
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
48
at June 2016 (Ministry of Justice)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
229
based on an estimated national population of 21,000 at June 2016 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
14.6%
(June 2016)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
8.3%
(June 2016)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
3.1%
(June 2013 - under 18)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
0.0%
(21.11.2011)
Number of establishments / institutions
1
(2016 - Arorangi prison, Rarotonga)
Official capacity of prison system
50
(21.11.2011)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
50.0%
(21.11.2011)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2000 23 128
2002 24 133
2005 27 142
2007 26 130
2010 40 200
2012 34 162
2014 37 176
2000 23 128
2002 24 133
2005 27 142
2007 26 130
2010 40 200
2012 34 162
2014 37 176

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. 

                                           COOK ISLANDS (NEW ZEALAND)

Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2000
2005
2011

1
1
0

4.3%
3.7%
0%

5.6
5.3
0

2016

4

8.3%

19.0

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