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Institute for Criminal Policy Research Report: Bahrain Has Highest Number of Prisoners in the Middle East

An international statistical report has put the Kingdom of Bahrain in the first rank on the level of the Middle East in terms of the number of prisoners per capita.

The Institute for Criminal Policy Research stated that “there are 301 prisoners per 100,000 of national population based on an estimated national population of 1.34 million,” pointing out that “there were 4028 at December 2013, according to a U.S. State Department human rights report.”

The institute added that “27.5% of the prisoners are pre-trial detainees, i.e. their trials procedures have not finished yet.” “4.7% of the prisoners are females and 2.3% are minors,” it further stated.

According to the official statistics, “the official capacity of prisons in the four prisons in Bahrain; the Dry Dock Prison, Jaw Prison, Reform and Rehabilitation Center and Women’s prison in Isa Town is , is 816.”

Israel, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria, Yemen, Qatar and Oman follow Bahrain in terms of number of prisoners.

The Institute for Criminal Policy Research has put Bahrain in its latest report issued in September 2014 in the eighth rank on the Arab level in terms of prisoners, as the female prisoners amounted to 189.

The figures presented by the institute reflect the consequences of the political crisis that has erupted in the country since 2011, as the numbers significantly increased with the end of 2013 with 4028 prisoners. This number is three times more than the number before the 2010 incidents, as the number of prisoners was 1100.


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