Maldives

CountryMaldives
Ministry responsible
Ministry of Home Affairs
Prison administration
a) Maldives Correctional Service (convicted prisoners), b) Maldives Police Service (pre-trial detainees)
Contact address
a) Gaazee Building (1st Floor), Male', Maldives
Telephone
+960 331 2694
Fax
+960 331 3727
Website
Email
info@corrections.gov.mv
Head of prison administration (and title)
Ahmed Mohamed Fulhu
a) Commissioner of Prisons
Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
1 800
at 2020 (via U.S. State Department human rights report)
Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
333
based on an estimated national population of 541,000 at mid-2020 (from United Nations figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)
Circa
14.3%
(mid-2020)
Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)
4.3%
(2014)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
1.3%
(2013 - juveniles)
Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)
1.1%
(of convicted prisoners, 2004)
Number of establishments / institutions
11
(2019 - prisons at Maafushi, Asseryi and Male, detention centre at Hulhumale and Ahuluveri Marukazu rehabilitation centre for those scheduled for parole are Maldives Correctional Service institutions; pre-trial detention centre at Dhoonidhoo and custodial centre at Male are Maldives Police Service institutions.)
Official capacity of prison system
1 300
(2020)
Occupancy level (based on official capacity)
138.5%
(2020)
Prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
2000 2,166 776
2002 1,889 643
2004 1,110 357
2006 1,489 455
2008 993 290
2010 830 227
2012 994 250
2014 1,200 276
2016 1,880 390
2000 2,166 776
2002 1,889 643
2004 1,110 357
2006 1,489 455
2008 993 290
2010 830 227
2012 994 250
2014 1,200 276
2016 1,880 390

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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. 

                                                   MALDIVES

Year

Number of
female
prisoners

Percentage
of total
prison population

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

2010

40

4.8%

12.3

2014

51

4.3%

14.5

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