Guinea Bissau

CountryGuinea Bissau
Ministry responsible
Ministry of Justice
Prison administration
Direcao Geral dos Servicos Prisionais
Contact address
Caixa Postal 17, Bissau, Guinea Bissau
Telephone
+245 21 26 20
Fax
+245 20 21 85
Head of prison administration (and title)
Mussa Balde
Diretor Geral dos Servicos Prisionais
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
196
at 18.2.2017 (academic, University of Cape Town)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
10
based on an estimated national population of 1.92 million at February 2017 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
67.9%
(18.2.2017)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
2.6%
(18.2.2017)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
2.6%
(18.2.2017 - under 18)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
7.1%
(18.2.2017)
Number of establishments / institutions
3
(2013 - prisons at Bafata and Mansoa, pre-trial detention centre at Bissau (Bandim))
Official capacity of prison system
90
(31.12.2013 - official capacity of the two prisons)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
102.2%
(31.12.2013 - occupancy level in the two prisons)

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. 

                                              GUINEA BISSAU

Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2011

4

6.3%

0.2

2017

5

2.6%

0.3

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.)