World Prison Brief

Institute for Criminal Policy Research

Afghanistan

CountryAfghanistan
Ministry responsible
Ministry of the Interior/Ministry of Justice
Prison administration
General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centres/Juvenile Rehabilitation Directorate
Contact address
Kara-e-Parwan, Kabul, Afghanistan
Telephone
+93 20 2100 319
Head of prison administration (and title)
(Major General) Abdul Alim Kohistani
General Director
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
26 519
at 2014 (via U.S. State Department human rights report)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
74
based on an estimated national population of 35.6 million at mid-2014 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
31.3%
(2014)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
2.7%
(2014)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
4.0%
(January 2007 - juveniles)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
0.9%
(January 2007)
Number of establishments / institutions
251
(2013 - 34 provincial prisons, 187 district detention centres, 30 juvenile rehabilitation centres)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2004 5,262 20
2006 7,706 27
2008 12,500 42
2010 18,283 58
2012 24,613 73
2015 26,519 74
2004 5,262 20
2006 7,706 27
2008 12,500 42
2010 18,283 58
2012 24,613 73
2015 26,519 74

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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. 

                                                     AFGHANISTAN

Year

Number in
pre-trial/remand
imprisonment

Percentage
of total
prison population

Pre-trial/remand
population rate
(per 100,000 of
national population)

2006
2010

4,262
4,867

44.4%
26.6%

15
15

2014

8,297

31.3%

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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.

                                                   AFGHANISTAN

Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2004
2007
2010

103
304
566

2.0%
2.9%
3.1%

0.4
1.0
1.8

2014

718

2.7%

2.0

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