Paraguay

CountryParaguay
Ministry responsible
Ministerio de Justicia y Trabajo
Prison administration
Direccion General de Establecimientos Penitenciarios y Ejecucion Penal
Telephone
+595 21 451245
Fax
+595 21 451246
Website
Head of prison administration (and title)
Artemio Vera Báez
Director General
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
12 741
at December 2015 (Ministry of Justice)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
180
based on an estimated national population of 7.09 million at end of 2015 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
77.9%
(December 2015)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
6.5%
(December 2015)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
2.8%
(December 2015 - under 18)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
Circa
4.5%
(December 2014)
Number of establishments / institutions
15
(2013)
Official capacity of prison system
6 893
(September 2015)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
178.6%
(September 2015)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2000 3,219 60
2002 4,621 82
2004 6,101 104
2006 6,037 99
2008 5,867 93
2010 6,197 95
2012 7,916 117
2014 10,949 158
2015 12,741 180
2000 3,219 60
2002 4,621 82
2004 6,101 104
2006 6,037 99
2008 5,867 93
2010 6,197 95
2012 7,916 117
2014 10,949 158
2015 12,741 180

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)

1999
2005
2010

3,791
4,548
c. 4,340

92.7%
72.4%
c. 70%

72
76
67

2015

9,922

77.9%

140

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)

1999
2005
2010
2012

207
265
328
552

5.1%
4.2%
5.3%
6.7%

4.0
4.4
5.0
8.2

2015

834

6.5%

11.8

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