Ministry of the Interior
General Directorate of Prisons
|Head of prison administration (and title)|| |
(Major General) Majed bin Bandar Aldoweesh
Director General of Prisons
|Prison population total (including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)|| |
at 2017 (via U.N. survey of crime trends etc.)
|Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)|| |
based on an estimated national population of 32.94 million at mid-2017 (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)|| |
(January 2009 - under 18)
|Foreign prisoners (percentage of prison population)|| |
|Number of establishments / institutions|| |
(2016 - about 90 administered by local authorities and about 20 by Ministry of Interior)
|Prison population trend|
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
Foreign nationals comprise majority executed by Saudi Arabia in 2019, says report
Over 5,000 detained in intelligence prisons
Family wing at Briman prison opens
250 Saudi women prisoners complete vocational training
Legal experts welcome move to establish prison courts
US State Department Human Rights Country Report 2014: Saudi Arabia
US State Department Human Rights Country Report 2013: Saudi Arabia
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.)