Capital city — Caracas
Country populationi31/05/2015/ UNDP
Incarceration rate (per 100,000 inhabit…
Type of government
Human Development Indexi2016/ UNDP
Name of authority in charge of the pris…
Total number of prisoners
Total number of prison facilitiesi2015
An NPM has been established
Number and percentage of female prisone…
Death penalty is abolished
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Report on the situation of persons deprived of their liberty in Venezuela on the occasion of the revision of the combined third and fourth periodic reports on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela before the Committee Against Torture, 53rd session, 3-28 November 2014.
Venezuelan Prison Watch six-monthly report from January to June 2014 (only in Spanish).
Forum for Life Alternative Report to the combined third and fourth periodic reports due to be submitted by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in 2004 to the Committee against Torture, February 2014.
The fearless nun inside ‘hell on earth’, BBC News, 27 November 2015.
Weapons, drugs and poodles: life and death of a prison leader in Venezuela, Vice, 28 January 2016 (only in Spanish).
The correctional service led by Iris Varela is rife with violence and rules are handed down by ‘pranes’, Runrun.es, 28 October 2015 (only in Spanish).
In Tocorón, the risk is wanting to stay, Runrun.es, 7 August 2015.
Inside story of a regime of terror,The Guardian, 28 December 2006.
On the Inside: Venezuela’s Most Dangerous Prison, Time, 6 June 2013.
“Prison or Hell”: life in a Venezuelan prison led to animation, El Impulso, 31 August 2012 (only in Spanish)
Venezuelan penitentiary slang, Runrun.es, 19 August 2014 (only in Spanish).
The Venezuelan prison situation is a nightmare, La Patilla, 15 September 2016.
Yare Prison –Visiting day, by Cristina Oddone, 1 March 2009.