Ukraine

CountryUkraine
Ministry responsible
Ministry of Justice
Prison administration
State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine
Contact address
04050 KYIV-50, 81 Melnykova Street, Ukraine
Telephone
+38 044 461 86-00
Fax
+38 044 461 86-00
Website
Email
inter@kvs.gov.ua
Head of prison administration (and title)
Volodymyr Palahniuk
Director
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
60 771
at 1.9.2016 (national prison administration - not including prisoners in Crimea and Sebastopol and those areas of Donetsk and Luhansk that are not under the control of the Ukrainian authorities)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
167
based on an estimated national population of 36.3 million at beginning of September 2016 (from Ukraine State Statistics Department figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
26.8%
(1.9.2016 - prisoners held in pre-trial institutions)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
4.6%
(of convicted adults in prison colonies, 1.9.2016)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
0.7%
(1.9.2016 - prisoners in young prisoner colonies)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
1.7%
(1.9.2011)
Number of establishments / institutions
148
(2016 - 29 pre-trial institutions, 113 colonies for adults, 6 colonies for juveniles.)
Official capacity of prison system
Circa
100 000
(1.6.2016)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
Circa
63.0%
(1.6.2016)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2000 218,800 443
2003 197,641 412
2005 188,465 400
2007 160,725 345
2009 145,946 318
2011 154,027 338
2013 147,112 324
2015 60,771 167
2000 218,800 443
2003 197,641 412
2005 188,465 400
2007 160,725 345
2009 145,946 318
2011 154,027 338
2013 147,112 324
2015 60,771 167

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)

2000
2005
2010

44,700
38,768
38,030

20.4%
20.6%
25.7%

90
82
83

2016*

16,296

26.8%

45

* The 2016 figures do not include prisoners in Crimea and Sebastopol and those areas of Donetsk and Luhansk that are not under the control of the Ukrainian authorities.

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)

2002
2006
2010

11,727
10,085
9,139

5.9%
6.1%
6.0%

24.4
21.6
20.0

2013

7,977

6.2%

17.7

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