Angola

CountryAngola
Ministry responsible
Ministry of the Interior (Ministerio do Interior)
Prison administration
Direccao Nacional dos Servicos Prisionais
Contact address
avda 4 de Fevereiro, Luanda, Angola
Telephone
+244 2 391 397 or 2 391 349
Fax
+244 2 332 917
Website
Head of prison administration (and title)
Bernardo Gurgel
Director Nacional
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
24 336
at March 2022 (national prison administration)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
79
based on an estimated national population of 30.81 million at March 2022 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
43.3%
(March 2022)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
Circa
2.7%
(2019)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
3.1%
(March 2022)
Number of establishments / institutions
40
(2022)
Official capacity of prison system
Circa
21 000
(2021)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
Circa
119.0%
(2020)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
1999 5,147 36
2001 4,000 26
2003 6,008 36
2005 c 8,300 c 46
2009 16,183 78
2011 19,898 90
2013 21,634 92
2015 24,165 96
1999 5,147 36
2001 4,000 26
2003 6,008 36
2005 c 8,300 c 46
2009 16,183 78
2011 19,898 90
2013 21,634 92
2015 24,165 96

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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.                                                

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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)

2011
2016
 
9,487
11,000
 
47.7%
45.8%
 
43
43
 

2022

10,529

43.3%

34

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)

1999
2003
2011

c. 97
196
522

c. 2%
3.3%
2.7%

c. 0.7
1.2
2.3

2013

c. 700

c. 3.6%

3.0

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