Niger

CountryNiger
Ministry responsible
Ministere de la Justice
Prison administration
Administration Penitentiaire et des Grâces
Contact address
BP 466, Niamey, Niger
Telephone
+227 72 39 72
Fax
+227 72 39 72 or 72 35 77
Website
Email
dap@justice.gouv.ne
Head of prison administration (and title)
(Mme.) Florentine Fatondji
Directrice
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
8 525
at November 2015 (via U.S. State Department human rights report. Justice statistics for Niger, published in the “Statistiques Annuaires de la Justice”, are based on the 12-month period from 1 October in one year to 30 September of the following year. The figures, at the foot of this table and in the graphs, which relate to the period 2005-2013, are for the 12 months ending on 30 September of the year indicated.)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
44
based on an estimated national population of 19.56 million at November 2015 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
60.0%
(November 2015)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
4.3%
(2014)
Number of establishments / institutions
38
(2016)
Official capacity of prison system
8 840
(31.12.2010)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
60.4%
(31.12.2010)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
1998 5,263 51
2002 c 6,000 c 51
2005 7,432 57
2007 6,562 47
2009 6,869 45
2011 7,645 47
2013 8,063 46
1998 5,263 51
2002 c 6,000 c 51
2005 7,432 57
2007 6,562 47
2009 6,869 45
2011 7,645 47
2013 8,063 46

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. 

                                                 NIGER

Year

Number in
pre-trial/remand
imprisonment

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2006-07
2009-10

3,920
2,666

59.7%
50.0%

28
17

2015

5,116

60.0%

26

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.

                                                  NIGER

Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2006
2009-10

183
155

3.2%
2.9%

1.3
1.0

2013-14

338

4.3%

1.8

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