Honduras

CountryHonduras
Ministry responsible
Secretaria de Seguridad, Policia Nacional
Prison administration
Direccion Nacional de Servicios Especiales Preventivos (DNSEP)
Contact address
Barrio El Centro, Edificio Bamma, Comayaguela, M.D.C., Honduras
Telephone
+504 798 0487 or 0488
Fax
+504 798 0487 or 0488
Email
dnsep_hn@yahoo.com
Head of prison administration (and title)
Jose Simeon Flores
Director Nacional
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
17 017
at 15.7.2016 (national penitentiary institute)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
198
based on an estimated national population of 8.59 million at July 2016 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
Circa
54.0%
(September 2015)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
4.3%
(September 2014)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
(2013 - juveniles are the responsibility of the Instituto Hondurenos de la Ninez y la Familia (IHNF); there were 356 held by IHNF at September 2013.)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
1.3%
(2011)
Number of establishments / institutions
29
(2015 - 25 prisons and 4 preventive detention centres)
Official capacity of prison system
8 130
(September 2015)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
195.7%
(September 2015)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2000 11,500 184
2002 11,502 176
2004 10,931 160
2006 11,178 159
2008 11,390 154
2010 11,846 154
2012 12,095 152
2014 16,331 196
2000 11,500 184
2002 11,502 176
2004 10,931 160
2006 11,178 159
2008 11,390 154
2010 11,846 154
2012 12,095 152
2014 16,331 196

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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
2005
2010

9,569
7,358
5,682

88.0%
63.5%
50.1%

157
106
75

2015

c. 8,594

c. 54%

c. 102

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.

                                                  HONDURAS

Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2002
2005
2010

614
395
411

5.2%
3.4%
3.5%

9.4
5.7
5.3

2014

627

4.3%

7.6

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