World Prison Brief

Institute for Criminal Policy Research

Bangladesh

CountryBangladesh
Ministry responsible
Ministry of Home Affairs
Prison administration
Department of Prisons
Contact address
30/3 Umesh Dutta Road, Bakshibazar, Dhaka 12117
Website
Head of prison administration (and title)
(Brigadier General) Syed Iftkhar Uddin
Inspector General of Prisons
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
69 719
at August 2015 (Home Minister)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
43
based on an estimated national population of 160.65 million at August 2015 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
73.8%
(February 2015)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
3.4%
(31.3.2014)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
0.4%
(19.9.2008 - under 18)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
0.1%
(December 2012)
Number of establishments / institutions
68
(2013)
Official capacity of prison system
34 681
(August 2015)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
201.0%
(August 2015)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2000 62,669 47
2002 68,178 49
2004 73,154 51
2006 71,114 49
2008 86,838 59
2010 69,650 46
2012 68,700 44
2013 72,104 42
2015 69,719 43
2000 62,669 47
2002 68,178 49
2004 73,154 51
2006 71,114 49
2008 86,838 59
2010 69,650 46
2012 68,700 44
2013 72,104 42
2015 69,719 43

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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. 

                                                    BANGLADESH

Year

Number in
pre-trial/remand
imprisonment

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2003
2006
2010

45,173
48,354
50,576

67.1%
67.1%
73.2%

32
33
33

2015

52,876

73.8%

33

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.

                                                  BANGLADESH

Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2003
2006
2010

1,910
2,222
2,324

2.8%
3.4%
3.4%

1.4
1.5
1.5

2014

2,211

3.4%

1.4

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