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Ministry responsible
The Eritrean Police
Prison administration
Eritrean Correctional and Rehabilitation Services
Contact address
P.O. Box 712, Asmara, Eritrea
+291 1 12 77 99
+291 1 12 21 35
Head of prison administration (and title)
(Brigadier General) Ghirmay Mehari
Commissioner of Prisons
Number of establishments / institutions
*A report of April 2009, 'Service for Life', by Human Rights Watch, states that each town and administrative district has a jail, that wherever there is a police post there is a cell and that each military division has its own prison. The report also asserts that there are secret facilities. The U.S. State Department human rights report for 2016 notes that 'there were numerous official and unofficial detention centres, some located in military camps'.
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
No official figures have been traced but according to the U.S. State Department human rights report for 2016 severe overcrowding is common.