United Arab Emirates

CountryUnited Arab Emirates
Ministry responsible
Ministry of Interior
Head of prison administration (and title)
(Brigadier) Hamad Al Shamesi
Director-General of Punitive and Correctional Establishments
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
9 826
at 2014 (via United Nations Crime Trends Survey)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
104
based on an estimated national population of 9.45 million at mid-2014 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
38.2%
(2014)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
11.7%
(2014)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
2.0%
(2014 - under 18)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
87.8%
(2014)
Number of establishments / institutions
21
(2006 - 14 for adults, 7 for juveniles.)
Official capacity of prison system
7 045
(2006)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
158.9%
(2006)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
1998 c 6,000 c 213
2001 c 11,000 c 351
2003 8,827 262
2006 11,193 229
2012 9,824 107
1998 c 6,000 c 213
2001 c 11,000 c 351
2003 8,827 262
2006 11,193 229
2012 9,824 107

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