World Prison Brief

Institute for Criminal Policy Research

Seychelles

CountrySeychelles
Ministry responsible
Ministry of Home Affairs
Prison administration
Seychelles Prison Service
Contact address
Montagne Posse Prison, PO Box 12, Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles
Telephone
+248 438 1600
Fax
+248 437 5511
Head of prison administration (and title)
Maxime Tirant
Superintendent of Prisons
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
735
at September 2014 (via U.S. State Department human rights report)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
799
based on an estimated national population of 92,000 at September 2014 (from Seychelles national statistics bureau figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
15.5%
(23.6.2014)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
6.1%
(September 2014)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
1.3%
(13.8.2012 - juveniles)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
7.5%
(23.6.2014)
Number of establishments / institutions
3
(2014 - Montagne Posée and prisons on Coetivy Island and Marie Louise Island)
Official capacity of prison system
400
(September 2014 - capacity of Montagne Posée Central Prison)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
143.0%
(September 2014 - occupancy level at Montagne Posée Central Prison)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2000 c 166 c 205
2002 149 178
2004 147 178
2006 174 206
2008 297 342
2010 432 486
2012 628 707
2015 735 799
2000 c 166 c 205
2002 149 178
2004 147 178
2006 174 206
2008 297 342
2010 432 486
2012 628 707
2015 735 799

Pre-trial detainees/remand prisoners

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)

2006
2010

28
133

19.7%
32.0%

33
148

2014

119

15.5%

130

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.

                                         SEYCHELLES  

Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2002
2006
2010

4
11
28

2.7%
7.7%
6.5%

4.8
13.0
31.5

2014

45

6.1%

48.9

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