Moroccan prisons are overcrowded, report

Moroccan prisons are overcrowded, report


The General Delegation for Prison Administration in Morocco has reported that the overcrowding rate in Moroccan prisons has reached 160 percent.

Between 2021 and 2022, there was a decrease in the amount of space allocated to each prisoner, going from 1.9 to 1.79 square meters.

Moroccan policemen supervising inmates.

The total housing area for prisoners by the end of December 2022 was 173,590 square meters, compared to 171,217 square meters in 2021.

Although there has been an increase in capacity, the delegation emphasized that this improvement was not enough to significantly reduce the overcrowding rate.

The delegation had hoped to approach the international standard of providing 3 square meters of space per prisoner.

The number of prisoners in Morocco has risen from 83,757 in 2018 to 97,204 between 2018 and 2022, representing a 16 percent increase.

Additionally, there was a 9.3 percent increase in the number of prisoners between 2021 and 2022.