World Prison Brief

Institute for Criminal Policy Research

Uganda

CountryUganda
Ministry responsible
Ministry of Internal Affairs
Prison administration
Uganda Prisons Service
Contact address
Plot 13/15 Parliament Avenue, P.O.Box 7182 Kampala, Uganda
Telephone
+256 41 256751 or 342136
Fax
+256 41 343330
Website
Email
info@ugandaprisons.go.ug
Head of prison administration (and title)
(Dr) Johnson O.R. Byabashaija
Commissioner General of Prisons
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
45 092
at August 2015 (national prison administration)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
115
based on an estimated national population of 39.19 million at August 2015 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
55.0%
(July 2014)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
4.5%
(August 2014)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
0.0%
(30.4.2007 - under 18)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
0.4%
(31.8.2010)
Number of establishments / institutions
247
(2015)
Official capacity of prison system
16 517
(August 2015)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
273.0%
(August 2015)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2000 c 21,700 c 92
2002 c 21,900 c 87
2005 26,126 93
2008 28,337 90
2010 30,312 91
2012 34,940 97
2014 42,193 111
2015 45,092 115
2000 c 21,700 c 92
2002 c 21,900 c 87
2005 26,126 93
2008 28,337 90
2010 30,312 91
2012 34,940 97
2014 42,193 111
2015 45,092 115

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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. 

                                                 UGANDA

Year

Number in
pre-trial/remand
imprisonment

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2005
2008

15,163
15,134

58.0%
59.4%

53
48

2014

23,020

55.0%

61

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.

                                                  UGANDA

Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2005
2008
2010

901
1,060
1,175

3.4%
3.6%
3.8%

3.2
3.4
3.5

2014

1,907

4.5%

5.0

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