Fiji

CountryFiji
Ministry responsible
Ministry of Justice
Prison administration
Fiji Prisons and Corrections Services
Contact address
Level 2, Civic House, P.O.Box 114, Suva, Fiji
Telephone
+679 330 3512 or 2986
Fax
+679 330 2523
Website
Head of prison administration (and title)
(Lt. Colonel) Ifereimi Vasu
Commissioner
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
1 555
at September 2015 (national prison administration)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
174
based on an estimated national population of 894,000 at September 2015 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
24.1%
(September 2014)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
3.1%
(mid-2014)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
0.7%
(September 2013 - juveniles)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
1.2%
(mid-2014)
Number of establishments / institutions
13
(2014)
Official capacity of prison system
1 500
(September 2015)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
103.7%
(September 2015)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2000 1,185 146
2002 897 110
2004 1,083 132
2006 1,121 135
2008 919 109
2010 1,097 127
2012 1,397 160
2014 1,540 174
2015 1,555 174
2000 1,185 146
2002 897 110
2004 1,083 132
2006 1,121 135
2008 919 109
2010 1,097 127
2012 1,397 160
2014 1,540 174
2015 1,555 174

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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. 

                                                            FIJI

Year

Number in
pre-trial/remand
imprisonment

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2000
2005
2010

63
95
305

5.3%
8.5%
27.8%

8
12
35

2014

358

24.1%

40

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.

                                                          FIJI

Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2000
2005
2010

17
23
32

1.4%
2.1%
2.9%

2.1
2.8
3.7

2014

47

3.1%

5.3

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