Gambia

CountryGambia
Ministry responsible
Ministry of the Interior
Prison administration
Gambia Prisons Service
Contact address
Central Prison, Mile Two, Banjul, Gambia
Telephone
+220 420 10 69
Fax
+220 420 10 69
Website
Head of prison administration (and title)
Director General
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
1 121
at November 2014 (Report of United Nations Human Rights Rapporteurs)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
58
based on an estimated national population of 1.93 million at November 2014 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
22.2%
(2014)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
2.5%
(November 2014)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
1.3%
(November 2014 - juveniles)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
66.7%
(September 2002)
Number of establishments / institutions
3
(2014 - Mile Two, Janjanbureh and Jeshwang prisons. There are also some local jails.)
Official capacity of prison system
650
(November 2014)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
172.5%
(November 2014)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
1999 478 40
2002 450 34
2009 780 47
2011 c 1,000 c 57
2013 c 1,000 c 53
2015 1,121 58
1999 478 40
2002 450 34
2009 780 47
2011 c 1,000 c 57
2013 c 1,000 c 53
2015 1,121 58

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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. 

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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)

1999
2009

94
c. 234

18.5%
c. 30%

8
c. 14

2014

203

22.2%

11

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. 

Prison population total
Prison population rate