Namibia

CountryNamibia
Ministry responsible
Ministry of Safety and Security
Prison administration
Namibia Correctional Service
Contact address
Private Bag 13281, Windhoek, Namibia
Telephone
+264 61 284 6219
Fax
+264 61 223606
Website
Head of prison administration (and title)
Raphael Tuhafeni Hamunyela
Commissioner-General
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
3 742
at July 2016 (via U.S. State Department human rights report. This is the total of those held in prisons. It does not include those in police holding cells, of which there were 3,649 at March 2016. Thus some 7,400 persons were in custody at a date in 2016.)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
148
based on an estimated national population of 2.52 million at July 2016 (from United Nations figures - the inclusion of those in police holding cells would bring the total prison population rate to about 295.)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
6.6%
(10.4.2015 - the inclusion of those who were in pre-trial detention in police holding cells would bring the overall proportion of those in pre-trial/remand imprisonment to between 50 and 55%.)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
2.9%
(July 2016 - not including those in police holding cells)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
0.2%
(July 2016 - juveniles)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
5.5%
(31.12.2001)
Number of establishments / institutions
13
(2016 - the number of prisons)
Official capacity of prison system
5 147
(July 2016 - capacity of the prisons)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
72.7%
(July 2016 - occupancy level in the prisons)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2000 4,883 254
2001 4,727 244
2004 4,442 218
2007 4,064 188
2010 4,251 191
2013 4,010 171
2015 3,560 145
2000 4,883 254
2001 4,727 244
2004 4,442 218
2007 4,064 188
2010 4,251 191
2013 4,010 171
2015 3,560 145

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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
2007
2010

250
322
c. 340

5.2%
7.9%
c. 8%

13
15
c. 15

2015

234

6.6%

10

  N.B. The figures in this table do not include pre-trial prisoners detained in police holding cells.

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)

2000
2007
2015

104
110
85

2.1%
2.7%
2.4%

5.4
5.0
3.5

2016

108

2.9%

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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