Spain

CountrySpain
Ministry responsible
Ministry of the Interior (in Catalonia: Department of Justice)
Prison administration
General Directorate of Prison Administration (in Catalonia: General Directorate of Prison Regime and Resources)
Contact address
Calle Alcala 38-40, E-28014 Madrid (Catalonia: Carrer Arago 332, 08009 Barcelona)
Telephone
+34 91 335 48 81 (Catalonia: +34 93 214 01 00)
Fax
+34 91 335 40 64 (Catalonia: +34 93 214 01 79)
Website
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)
65 581
at 29.5.2015 (national prison administration - including 9,224 in Catalonia)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
141
based on an estimated national population of 46.38 million at end of May 2015 (from Instituto Nacional de Estadistica figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
12.5%
(29.5.2015)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
7.8%
(29.5.2015)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
0.0%
(May 2015 - under 18; 1.4% under 21)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
29.4%
(May 2015)
Number of establishments / institutions
82
(2010)
Official capacity of prison system
77 895
(1.1.2014 - 66,864 in State Administration, 11,031 in Catalonia)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
85.7%
(1.1.2014 - 85.2% in State Administration, 89.0% in Catalonia)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2000 45,309 113
2002 50,537 122
2004 58,655 137
2006 63,248 142
2008 70,465 153
2010 76,701 165
2012 70,695 151
2014 66,857 144
2000 45,309 113
2002 50,537 122
2004 58,655 137
2006 63,248 142
2008 70,465 153
2010 76,701 165
2012 70,695 151
2014 66,857 144

Pages

Pages

PDF

A Human Rights Approach to Prison Management: Handbook for Prison Staff. Second Edition. Spanish Version.

Core Publications
A Human Rights Approach to Prison Management: Handbook for Prison Staff
30/10/2009
Author: 
Andrew Coyle
Countries: 
DOC

¿Los presos como enemigos o como ciudadanos? - la responsabilidad del Estado

Speech
30/08/2003
Author: 
Vivien Stern
Countries: 
PDF

A Human Rights Approach to Prison Management: Handbook for Prison Staff. First edition. Spanish version

Core Publications
A Human Rights Approach to Prison Management: Handbook for Prison Staff
02/07/2002
Author: 
Andrew Coyle
Countries: 

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. 

                                                      SPAIN

Year

Number in
pre-trial/remand
imprisonment

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2000
2005
2010

9,084
13,988
14,980

20.2%
22.8%
19.7%

23
32
32

2015

8,187

12.5%

18

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.

                                                      SPAIN

Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2000
2005
2010

3,668
4,744
6,009

8.1%
7.7%
7.9%

9.1
10.9
13.0

2015

5,116

7.8%

11.0

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