Compilation of experiences in generating statistics relating to prison systems

Prison Systems

Compilation of experiences in generating statistics relating to prison systems

Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía (INEGI) of Mexico
Technical Secretariat
Centre of Excellence in Statistical Information on Government, Crime, Victimization and Justice, of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Statistics Division of ECLAC
Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE) of Boliva
Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadística (DANE) of Colombia
National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI) of Perú
Oficina Nacional de Estadística (ONE) of Dominican Republic

a) General objective

Identify experiences in Latin America and the Caribbean for the generation of prison system statistics to strengthen the design, monitoring and evaluation of public policies based on data, report on the progress of the relevant indicators of Sustainable Development Goal 16 and learn about the observance of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules) and the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial Measures for Women Offenders (the Bangkok Rules).

b) Specific objectives 

  • Identify statistical projects related to prison systems developed by countries in the region and their relevance for informing public policymaking.
  • Contrast the scope of these outputs with the minimum requirements for monitoring and reporting on progress towards the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and international standards on prisons.
  • Outline the main challenges in the collection, processing and use of these statistics and the strategies that countries have developed to address them.