International Centre for Prison Studies

Country BRAZIL
Ministry responsible Ministry of Justice
Prison administration Departamento Penitenciario Nacional (DEPEN)
Contact address Esplanada dos MinistÚrios, MinistÚrio da Justiša, Bloco T. Anexo II, 6░ andar, Brasilia
Telephone/fax/website tel: +55 21 61 3429 3187
fax: +55 21 61 3429 9347
Web: www.mj.gov.br/depen
 
Head of prison administration
(and title)
Augusto Rossini
Director General (Diretor Geral)
Prison population total
(including pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners)
549,577
at June 2012 (national prison administration - 508,357 in prison system, 41,220 in police facilities)
Prison population rate
(per 100,000 of national population)
276
based on an estimated national population of 198.9 million at June 2012 (from CELADE figures)
Pre-trial detainees / remand prisoners
(percentage of prison population)
37.6%
(of those in prison system, June 2012)
Female prisoners
(percentage of prison population)
6.6%
(June 2012)
Juveniles / minors / young prisoners
incl. definition (percentage of prison population)
0%
(June 2012 - under 18)
Foreign prisoners
(percentage of prison population)
0.7%
(of those in prison system, June 2012)
Number of establishments /
institutions
1,420
(June 2012)
Official capacity of prison system 319,075
(June 2012 - 309,074 in prison system, 10,001 in police facilities)
Occupancy level (based on official
capacity)
172.2%
(June 2012)
Recent prison population trend
(year, prison population total, prison population rate)
1992 114,377 (74)
1995 148,760 (92)
1997 170,602 (102)
2001 233,859 (133)
2004 336,358 (183)
2007 422,590 (220)
2010 496,251 (253)