World Prison Brief

Institute for Criminal Policy Research

Namibia

CountryNamibia
Ministry responsible
Ministry of Safety and Security
Prison administration
Namibia Correctional Service
Contact address
Private Bag 13281, Windhoek, Namibia
Telephone
+264 61 284 6219
Fax
+264 61 223606
Website
Head of prison administration (and title)
Raphael Tuhafeni Hamunyela
Commissioner-General
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
3 560
at 10.4.2015 (national prison administration - total does not include those in police holding cells, of which there were about 3,500 at October 2013))
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
144
based on an estimated national population of 2.48 million at April 2015 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
6.6%
(10.4.2015)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
2.4%
(10.4.2015)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
1.1%
(June 2013 - under 19)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
5.5%
(31.12.2001)
Number of establishments / institutions
13
(2015)
Official capacity of prison system
4 475
(2012)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
96.4%
(2012)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2000 4,883 254
2001 4,727 244
2004 4,442 218
2007 4,064 188
2010 4,251 185
2013 4,010 166
2015 3,560 144
2000 4,883 254
2001 4,727 244
2004 4,442 218
2007 4,064 188
2010 4,251 185
2013 4,010 166
2015 3,560 144

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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. 

                                                 NAMIBIA

Year

Number in
pre-trial/remand
imprisonment

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2001
2007
2010

250
322
c. 340

5.2%
7.9%
c. 8%

13
15
c. 15

2015

234

6.6%

9

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.

                                                 NAMIBIA

Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2000
2007

104
110

2.1%
2.7%

5.4
5.1

2015

85

2.4%

3.4

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