Lebanon

CountryLebanon
Ministry responsible
Ministry of the Interior (to be transferred to the Ministry of Justice in due course)
Prison administration
Prison Division of the Lebanese 'Gendarmerie' (also known as 'Darak')
Contact address
Lebanese Internal Security Forces and 'Gendarmerie' Headquarters in Beirut, Near Hotel Dieu Hospital, Achrafiyeh, Beirut
Telephone
+961 1 422000 and +961 1 425250
Fax
+961 1 427775
Head of prison administration (and title)
(General) Ibrahim Basbous
Director General of Internal Security Forces
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
Circa
6 500
at August 2016 (national prison administration, via U.S. State Department human rights report)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
Circa
128
based on an estimated national population of 5.08 million at August 2016 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
59.3%
(8.12.2015)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
4.6%
(August 2016)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
2.4%
(August 2016 - under 18)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
36.0%
(2013)
Number of establishments / institutions
22
(2011 - 21 for adults, 1 for juveniles, excluding centre for migrants)
Official capacity of prison system
3 500
(August 2016)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
Circa
185.7%
(August 2016)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2000 4,917 154
2002 6,405 186
2004 5,990 159
2006 6,101 150
2008 4,686 112
2010 5,060 117
2012 5,060 109
2014 6,012 120
2000 4,917 154
2002 6,405 186
2004 5,990 159
2006 6,101 150
2008 4,686 112
2010 5,060 117
2012 5,060 109
2014 6,012 120

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Pre-trial/remand prison population: trend

The table below gives an indication of the recent trend in the pre-trial/remand prison population. The final row shows the latest figures available.

It consists of the number of pre-trial/remand 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 pre-trial/remand prisoners constituted on that day.  

The final column shows the pre-trial/remand population rate per 100,000 of the national population. 

                                                  LEBANON

Year

Number in
pre-trial/remand
imprisonment

Percentage
of total
prison population

Pre-trial/remand
population rate
(per 100,000 of
national population)

2000
2005
2009

3,059
3,700
3,200

62.2%
62.0%
62.5%

96
92
75

2015

3,853

59.3%

76

It should be noted that the number of pre-trial/remand prisoners fluctuates from day to day, month to month and year to year. Consequently the above figures give an indication of the trend but the picture is inevitably incomplete.

The pre-trial/remand 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. 

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.

                                                   LEBANON

Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2002
2005
2009

358
225
336

4.3%
3.3%
7.0%

10.4
5.6
7.8

2016

296

4.6%

5.8

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