Number of Prisoners rose 0.608% to 34,404 persons in Tanzania in 2015

Number of Prisoners (persons)
Law & Crime | Tanzania | December 30, 2018
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Number of prisoners reached 34,404 persons in 2015 in Tanzania, according to the United Nations. This is 0.608 % more than in the previous year.

Historically, number of prisoners in Tanzania reached an all time high of 46,416 persons in 2005 and an all time low of 33,338 persons in 2012. When compared to Tanzania's main peers, number of prisoners in Kenya amounted to 54,225 persons, 15,976 persons in Mozambique and 18,560 persons in Zambia in 2015.

Tanzania has been ranked 29th within the group of 105 countries we follow in terms of number of prisoners, 1 places above the position seen 10 years ago.

The prison population is defined as the total number of adult and juvenile prisoners (including pre-trial detainees), including offenders held in Prison Administration facilities, other facilities, institutions for juvenile offenders and for drug addicts and psychiatric or other hospitals.

Number of Prisoners Unit 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Angola persons ... ... 16,183 ... 19,898 ... 21,634
Dem. Republic of the Congo persons ... ... ... 22,000 ... ... ... ...
Ethiopia persons ... ... 104,467 ... ... ... ... ...
Kenya persons ... 48,122 48,153 51,068 44,522 53,430
Malawi persons ... 11,672 ... 12,236 ... ...
Mozambique persons 35,235 15,249 16,304 ... 15,663
Rwanda persons ... ... ... 55,000 ... 55,618 ... ...
Somalia persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
South Africa persons ... 163,312 159,265 158,165 156,370 ...
South Sudan persons ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Tanzania persons 40,111 39,000 38,353 33,338 36,552
Uganda persons 31,173 31,230 32,021 35,212 39,568 ...
Zambia persons ... 15,544 16,666 ... 17,000 17,021
Zimbabwe persons ... 13,361 ... 16,900 16,902