World Prison Brief

Institute for Criminal Policy Research

Bahamas

CountryBahamas
Ministry responsible
Ministry of National Security
Prison administration
Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (DCS)
Contact address
Her Majesty's Prison, Fox Hill, PO Box N-504, Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas
Telephone
+1 242 324 6404
+1 242 324 6177
Fax
+1 242 324 4941
Website
Head of prison administration (and title)
Patrick Wright
Commissioner of Corrections
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
1 396
at October 2014 (national prison administration)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
363
based on an estimated national population of 385,000 at October 2014 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
Circa
42.0%
(October 2013)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
3.2%
(October 2014)
Number of establishments / institutions
1
(2014 - Fox Hill, containing maximum security block, remand centre and medium and minimum security units)
Official capacity of prison system
928
(19.6.2013)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
162.4%
(19.6.2013)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
1998 1,401 485
2000 c 1,400 c 470
2002 1,280 412
2004 c 1,400 c 435
2006 c 1,500 c 446
2008 1,400 402
2010 1,322 367
2012 1,600 429
2015 1,396 363
1998 1,401 485
2000 c 1,400 c 470
2002 1,280 412
2004 c 1,400 c 435
2006 c 1,500 c 446
2008 1,400 402
2010 1,322 367
2012 1,600 429
2015 1,396 363

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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. 

                                                  BAHAMAS

Year

Number in
pre-trial/remand
imprisonment

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2002
2005
2010

290
645
c. 500

22.7%
43.0%
c. 38.4%

93
196
c. 139

2013

600+

c. 42.0%

c. 159

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.

                                                    BAHAMAS

Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2002
2011

23
35

1.8%
2.7%

7.4
9.5

2014

44

3.2%

11.4

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