World Prison Brief

Institute for Criminal Policy Research

Mauritania

CountryMauritania
Ministry responsible
Ministry of Justice
Prison administration
Administration Pénitentiaire
Contact address
B.P. 350, Nouakchott, Mauritania
Telephone
+222 633 3018 or 525 1263
Fax
+222 525 7095 or 525 7002
Website
Head of prison administration (and title)
Cheikh Mohamed Mahmoud Ould Yahah
Directeur de l'administration pénitentiaire
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
1 768
at 1.10.2014 (Ministry of Justice)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
44
based on an estimated national population of 4.01 million at beginning of October 2014 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
41.0%
(1.10.2014)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
1.2%
(1.10.2014)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
3.1%
(1.10.2014 - minors)
Number of establishments / institutions
18
(mid-2002 - 16 établissements and 2 centres intermédiaires)
Official capacity of prison system
800
(2005)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
101.9%
(December 2005)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2001 1,413 50
2003 1,185 40
2005 c 815 c 26
2010 1,700 47
2012 1,602 42
2015 1,768 44
2001 1,413 50
2003 1,185 40
2005 c 815 c 26
2010 1,700 47
2012 1,602 42
2015 1,768 44
Prison population total
Prison population rate