Vanuatu

CountryVanuatu
Ministry responsible
Ministry of Justice and Community Services
Prison administration
Vanuatu Correctional Services
Contact address
Rue De Pasteur, P.O. Box 3082, Port Vila, Republic of Vanuatu
Telephone
+678 23263 / 23275
Fax
+678 23281
Website
Email
corrections@vanuatu.gov.vu
Head of prison administration (and title)
Johnny J Marango
Director
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
Circa
230
at 2015 (national prison administration)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
Circa
87
based on an estimated national population of 265,000 at mid-2015 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
15.2%
(31.12.2014)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
0.7%
(31.12.2014)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
0.7%
(31.12.2014 - under 16)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
0.4%
(mid-2011)
Number of establishments / institutions
4
(2015)
Official capacity of prison system
210
(31.12.2014)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
71.9%
(31.12.2014)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
1999 46 25
2002 96 49
2005 138 66
2007 123 56
2009 170 74
2012 194 75
2015 c 230 c 87
1999 46 25
2002 96 49
2005 138 66
2007 123 56
2009 170 74
2012 194 75
2015 c 230 c 87

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)

1999
2002
2005
2010

9
6
26
40

19.6%
6.25%
18.8%
21.4%

5
3
12
17

2014

23

15.2%

9

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. 

Prison population total
Prison population rate