Ministry of Justice
Direction des affaires pénales et de l’administration pénitentiaire (DAPAP)
B.P. 350, Nouakchott, Mauritania
+222 633 3018 or 525 1263
+222 525 7095 or 525 7002
|Head of prison administration (and title)|| |
Directeur de l'administration pénitentiaire
|Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)|| |
at 25.4.2018 (report of United Nations Committee against torture etc.)
|Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)|| |
based on an estimated national population of 4.36 million at April 2018 (from United Nations figures)
|Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners (percentage of prison population)|| |
|Female prisoners (percentage of prison population)|| |
|Juveniles / minors / young prisoners incl. definition (percentage of prison population)|| |
(3.7.2015 - minors)
|Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)|| |
|Number of establishments / institutions|| |
|Official capacity of prison system|| |
|Occupancy level (based on official capacity)|| |
|Prison population trend|
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
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.
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 trend up to 2000
The figures below give an indication of the prison population trend in the years up to 2000. They supplement the more recent figures that are shown at the foot of the Overview page and in the graphs below.
Prison population rate