Democratic Republic of Congo

CountryDemocratic Republic of Congo
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)
(In 2016 Makala Central Prison in Kinshasa, with an official capacity of 1,500 held 8,000 prisoners - U.S. State Department human rights report.)

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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. 

                               DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2004
2008

83*
130*

3.2%*
3.0%*

-
-

2010

c. 600

c. 2.7

c. 1.0

*These figures are for the main prisons only. Full figures are not available

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.)