Argentina

CountryArgentina
Ministry responsible
Ministry of Justice and Human Rights
Prison administration
Servicio Penitenciario Federal and provincial prison administrations
Contact address
(Federal) Lavalle 2705, Ciudad de Buenos Aires 1190, Argentina
Telephone
+54 11 4964 8300
Fax
+54 11 4962 5001
Email
consultas@spf.gob.ar
Head of prison administration (and title)
(Federal) Emiliano Blanco
Director Nacional
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
72 693
at 31.12.2015 (Ministry of Justice SNEEP - not including 4,305 held in police comisarias)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
167
based on an estimated national population of 43.63 million at end of 2015 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
50.1%
(31.12.2015 - not including prisoners in police comisarias)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
4.1%
(31.12.2015 - not including prisoners in police comisarias)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
0.0%
(0.03% at 31.12.2013 - under 18; not including prisoners in police comisarias)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
6.2%
(31.12.2015 - not including prisoners in police comisarias)
Number of establishments / institutions
285
(2015 - not including police comisarias)
Official capacity of prison system
67 300
(31.12.2015 - not including police comisarias)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
106.2%
(31.12.2015)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2002 57,632 151
2004 65,351 168
2006 60,621 152
2008 60,611 149
2010 65,095 157
2012 66,484 157
2014 69,060 160
2002 57,632 151
2004 65,351 168
2006 60,621 152
2008 60,611 149
2010 65,095 157
2012 66,484 157
2014 69,060 160

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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. 

                                                  ARGENTINA

Year

Number in
pre-trial/remand
imprisonment
(not including those in police comisarias)

Percentage
of total
prison population
(not including those in police comisarias)

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

2002
2005
2010

26,477
31,913
31,142

58.9%
57.6%
52.6%

69
81
75

2015

35,779

50.1%

82

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.

                                                   ARGENTINA

Year

Number of
female
prisoners
(not including those in police comisarias)

Percentage
of total
prison population
(not including those in police comisarias)

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

2002
2005
2010

2,402
2,172
2,719

5.3%
5.0%
4.6%

6.4
5.6
6.7

2015

2,963

4.1%

6.8

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