Djibouti

CountryDjibouti
Ministry responsible
Ministère de la Justice, des Affaires Pénitentiaires et Musulmanes
Prison administration
Direction de l'Administration Pénitentiaire
Contact address
BP12, Dijbouti
Fax
+253 2135 54 20
Head of prison administration (and title)
Mohamed Djama Yonis
Directeur de la prison central de Gabode
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
Circa
600
at 2016 (via U.S. State Department human rights report)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
Circa
66
based on an estimated national population of 913,000 at mid-2016 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
Circa
20.0%
(2016)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
Circa
5.0%
(2016)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
Circa
5.0%
(2016 - juveniles)
Number of establishments / institutions
2
(2016 - central prison at Gabode and small regional prison at Obock; also small jails supervised by local police.)
Official capacity of prison system
350
(2016 - capacity of Gabode prison)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
171.4%
(2016 - occupancy level in Gabode prison)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2000 c 200 c 27
2002 c 400 c 53
2009 525 64
2011 750 89
2013 550 63
2015 c 600 c 67
2000 c 200 c 27
2002 c 400 c 53
2009 525 64
2011 750 89
2013 550 63
2015 c 600 c 67

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. 

                                                   DJIBOUTI

Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2009

c. 24

c. 4.8%

c. 2.9

2016

c. 30

c. 5.0%

c. 3.3

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