World Prison Brief

Institute for Criminal Policy Research

Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire)

CountryDemocratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire)
Ministry responsible
Ministry of Justice
Prison administration
Directorate of Penitentiary Services
Contact address
Place de l'Indépendance, Commune de Gombe, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
Telephone
+243 884 2522
Head of prison administration (and title)
Ngoma Madiki
Director of Prisons
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
Circa
20 550
at 2015 (United Nations Development Programme)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
Circa
29
based on an estimated national population of 71.25 million at mid-2015 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
Circa
73.0%
(2015)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
Circa
3.0%
(2010)
Number of establishments / institutions
120
(2013 - number of prisons that are functional)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
(July 2007 - 270.5% in the main prison in Kinshasa, there being 4,057 prisoners and an official capacity of 1,500)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2004 c 30,000 c 58
2010 c 22,000 c 35
2015 c 20,550 c 29
2004 c 30,000 c 58
2010 c 22,000 c 35
2015 c 20,550 c 29

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