Ministry of the Interior (in Catalonia: Department of Justice)
General Directorate of Prison Administration (in Catalonia: General Directorate of Prison Regime and Resources)
Calle Alcala 38-40, E-28014 Madrid (Catalonia: Carrer Arago 332, 08009 Barcelona)
+34 91 335 48 81 (Catalonia: +34 93 214 01 00)
+34 91 335 40 64 (Catalonia: +34 93 214 01 79)
|Head of prison administration (and title)|| |
Angel Yuste Castillejo (in Catalonia: Ramon Pares Galles)
Director General (in Catalonia: Director General)
|Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)|| |
at 24.1.2014 (national prison administration - including 9,807 in Catalonia)
|Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)|| |
based on an estimated national population of 46.6 million at January 2014 (from Eurostat figures)
|Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)|| |
|Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)|| |
|Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)|| |
(December 2013 - under 18; 1.5% under 21)
|Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)|| |
|Number of establishments / institutions|| |
|Official capacity of prison system|| |
(1.1.2013 - 66,924 in State Administration, 11,031 in Catalonia)
|Occupancy level (based on official capacity)|| |
(1.1.2013 - 87.5% in State Administration, 91.2% in Catalonia)
|Recent prison population trend(year, prison population total, prison population rate)||
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.
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.
The information/assessments that follow are not those of ICPS. The source is indicated below each entry. Please use the link provided to access the original document.
Prison and detention center conditions generally met international standards, and the government permitted visits by international monitors.
The 2011 report by the Coordinator for the Prevention of Torture indicated that in 2010 a total of 13 persons died in police custody, 34 died in jail, and four minors died while in youth detention centers. There were 64 complaints against security forces and jail functionaries for abuse of authority, 72 fewer than in 2009. Prisoners had access to potable water, adequate heating, ventilation, and lighting.
Recordkeeping on prisoners was accurate. In many cases authorities offered alternative sentencing for nonviolent offenders, including expulsion from Spain instead of jail time to nonviolent offenders from other countries. Prisoners and detainees had reasonable access to visitors and were permitted religious observance. Authorities permitted prisoners and detainees to submit complaints to judicial authorities without censorship. Authorities investigated credible allegations of inhumane conditions and documented the results of such investigations in a publicly accessible manner. The government generally investigated and monitored prison and detention center conditions.
US State Department Human Rights Country Report 2012