Malta

CountryMalta
Ministry responsible
Ministry for Justice and Home Affairs
Prison administration
Department of Correctional Services
Contact address
Corradino Correctional Facility, Valletta Road, Paola, Malta CMR 02
Telephone
+356 21 695 026
Fax
+356 21 697?599
Website
Head of prison administration (and title)
Paul A De-Battista
Director
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
569
at 31.12.2015 (Home Affairs Minister)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
131
based on an estimated national population of 433,300 at end of 2015 (from Eurostat figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
22.7%
(31.12.2015)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
6.3%
(August 2014)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
1.7%
(August 2014 - under 18)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
40.2%
(August 2014)
Number of establishments / institutions
1
(2013 - Corradino Correctional Facility)
Official capacity of prison system
675
(1.1.2014)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
91.1%
(1.1.2014)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
1999 230 61
2002 277 70
2004 277 69
2006 343 85
2008 444 108
2010 583 141
2012 622 148
2014 616 143
1999 230 61
2002 277 70
2004 277 69
2006 343 85
2008 444 108
2010 583 141
2012 622 148
2014 616 143

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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. 

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Year

Number in
pre-trial/remand
imprisonment

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2001
2005
2009

79
96
169

30.7%
32.2%
43.9%

20
24
41

2015

129

22.7%

30

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.

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Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2002
2006
2010

11
14
34

3.9%
4.1%
5.7%

2.8
3.5
8.2

2014

37

6.3%

8.7

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