Jordan

CountryJordan
Ministry responsible
Ministry of the Interior, Public Security Directorate
Prison administration
Department of Correction and Rehabilitation Centres
Telephone
+962 6500 2310
Website
Head of prison administration (and title)
(Brigadier) Anwar Ali Al-Qudah
Director of Correction and Rehabilitation Centres
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
11 489
at December 2015 (Jordanian government)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
150
based on an estimated national population of 7.66 million at December 2015 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
44.4%
(September 2014)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
Circa
4.0%
(December 2015)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
(Juveniles in custody are held not by the prison administration but by the Ministry of Social Development; 170 were so held in 2011.)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
14.0%
(18.8.2011)
Number of establishments / institutions
14
(2015 - not including custodial institutions for juveniles)
Official capacity of prison system
9 042
(18.8.2011)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
69.3%
(18.8.2011)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
1993 3,749 92
2001 5,621 115
2005 6,378 120
2007 6,633 115
2009 7,206 115
2011 6,262 92
2013 c 8,000 c 111
1993 3,749 92
2001 5,621 115
2005 6,378 120
2007 6,633 115
2009 7,206 115
2011 6,262 92
2013 c 8,000 c 111

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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)

2001
2005
2011

2,373
3,057
2,957

42.2%
47.9%
47.2%

48
57
47

2014

c. 4,480

44.4%

67

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)

2005
2009

185
194

2.9%
2.7%

3.5
3.2

2015

c. 460

c. 4.0%

c. 6.0

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