Suriname

CountrySuriname
Ministry responsible
Ministry of Justice and Police
Contact address
Central Penitentiary Institution, Welgedacht - A273, District Wanica, Suriname
Telephone
+597 3 500042
Fax
+597 4 12109
Head of prison administration (and title)
(Director of Prisons)
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
Circa
1 000
at November 2014 (via U.S. State Department human rights report)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
Circa
183
based on an estimated national population of 547,000 at November 2014 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
Circa
50.0%
(February 2011)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
2.8%
(2012)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
5.7%
(2005 - minors)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
19.3%
(1.7.2000 - of convicted prisoners only)
Number of establishments / institutions
31
(2014 - 3 prisons, one pre-trial detention centre, one juvenile detention centre and 26 temporary detention centres in police stations)
Official capacity of prison system
1 330
(November 2014)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
75.2%
(November 2014)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
1998 560 124
2000 786 168
2005 820 164
2009 915 175
2011 1,010 191
2013 c 1,050 c 194
1998 560 124
2000 786 168
2005 820 164
2009 915 175
2011 1,010 191
2013 c 1,050 c 194

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.

                                                 SURINAME

Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2000
2005
2009

42
39
30

5.9%
4.8%
4.9%

9.0
7.8
5.8

2012

28

2.8%

5.2

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