Cote d'Ivoire

CountryCote d'Ivoire
Ministry responsible
Ministère de la Justice
Prison administration
Direction de l'Administration Pénitentiaire (DAP)
Contact address
B.P.V. 107, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Telephone
+225 20 21 37 43
Fax
+225 20 33 12 59
Head of prison administration (and title)
Babacar Ouata
Directeur
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
11 192
at 30.11.2016 (via U.S. State Department human rights report)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
51
based on an estimated national population of 21.99 million at end of November 2016 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
Circa
39.0%
(30.11.2015)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
2.1%
(30.11.2016)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
1.7%
(30.11.2016 - under 18)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
Circa
30.0%
(1998)
Number of establishments / institutions
34
(2015)
Official capacity of prison system
4 871
(31.12.2007 - 1,500 in the main prison MACA and 3,371 in the 21 other prisons under government control)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
218.0%
(31.12.2007 - occupancy rate of 22 prisons under government control)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2002 10,355 62
2006 13,385 75
2008 11,143 61
2012 7,086 35
2014 c 10,850 c 52
2002 10,355 62
2006 13,385 75
2008 11,143 61
2012 7,086 35
2014 c 10,850 c 52

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.

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Year

Number in
pre-trial/remand
imprisonment

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2002
2007

3,688
3,031

35.6%
28.5%

22
17

2015

c. 4,740

c. 39%

c. 22

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. 

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Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2002
2012

236
177

2.3%
2.5%

1.4
0.9

2016

237

2.1%

1.1

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