Central African Republic

CountryCentral African Republic
Ministry responsible
Ministere de la Justice
Prison administration
Administration Penitentiaire
Contact address
BP 371, Bangui, Central Africa (Centre Afrique)
+236 61 21 92
+236 61 15 79
Head of prison administration (and title)
Flammarion Goba
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
1 291
at January 2021 (United Nations Mission - MINUSCA)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
based on an estimated national population of 4.88 million at January 2021 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
(in the two prisons in the capital Bangui, which hold 65% of the total prison population, November 2011)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
(January 2021)
Number of establishments / institutions
(2020 - there are 38 prisons but only 13 are operational)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2005 c 1,000 c 25
2007 c 1,233 c 29
2009 2,145 49
2011 845 19
2005 c 1,000 c 25
2007 c 1,233 c 29
2009 2,145 49
2011 845 19


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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Number of

of total
prison population

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


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