St. Vincent and the Grenadines

CountrySt. Vincent and the Grenadines
Ministry responsible
Ministry of National Security, Air & Sea Port Development
Prison administration
Prison Service of St Vincent and the Grenadines
Contact address
H.M. Prison, White Chapel Road, Kingstown, St Vincent
Telephone
+1 784 457 1987
Fax
+1 784 457 1417
Website
Head of prison administration (and title)
Brenton Charles
Acting Superintendent
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
412
at 28.7.2014 (national prison administration)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
378
based on an estimated national population of 109,000 at July 2014 (United Nations)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
23.3%
(28.7.2014)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
1.5%
(28.7.2014)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
17.2%
(19.4.2006)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
8.3%
(28.7.2014)
Number of establishments / institutions
2
(2015 - Belle Isle, Her Majesty's Prison Kingstown)
Official capacity of prison system
488
(2012)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
84.0%
(2012)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
1999 405 375
2001 302 280
2003 364 337
2005 364 334
2008 410 376
2010 413 379
2012 460 422
1999 405 375
2001 302 280
2003 364 337
2005 364 334
2008 410 376
2010 413 379
2012 460 422

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
2006
2011

51
80
126

16.9%
21.8%
29.4%

47
73
116

2014

96

23.3%

88

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)

2001
2006
2010

8
10
9

2.6%
2.7%
2.2%

7.4
9.2
8.3

2014

6

1.5%

5.5

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