South Sudan

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CountrySouth Sudan
Ministry responsible
Ministry of Interior and Wildlife Conservation
Prison administration
National Prison Service of South Sudan (NPSSS)
Head of prison administration (and title)
(Lt. General) Henry Kuany Aguar
Director General
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
8 400
at August 2021 (via U.S. State Department human rights report)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
based on an estimated national population of 14.52 million at August 2021 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
Number of establishments / institutions
(June 2011 - Juba Central Prison is the largest)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
(Juba prison was constructed for 400 prisoners but held 1,317 in September 2015)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2011 c 8,000 c 77
2015 6,514 52
2019 7,000 50
2011 c 8,000 c 77
2015 6,514 52
2019 7,000 50


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. 

                                                SOUTH SUDAN


Number of

of total
prison population

Female prison
population rate
(per 100,000 of
national population)


c. 405







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