A report from the International Centre for Prison Studies shows the inmate population per capita here in St.Kitts-Nevis is the Highest in the Caribbean and the 3rd Highest in the World.
According to the recently published report St.Kitts-Nevis Prison population Rate is 611, more than 4 times the World Average. Only the United States of America and the Seycelle Islands have a Higher Incarceration Rate.
There are two (2) prisons operated by the St.Kitts-Nevis Government Ministry of National. There is a Prison on St. Kitts and a prison Farm on Nevis. The Superintendant of Prisons is Mr. Franklin Dorset who is in charge of both .
The main Prison which is situated in the heart of the Capital Basseterre was built in 1840 by the British. It is situated next to the Police Headquarters. It was designed to accommodate 60 inmates.
However the prison population as at the last report was almost 400 inmates with almost 350 at Her Majesty’s Prison in St.Kitts and over 50 at the Nevis Farm. Out of the almost 400 prisoners 99% are Males .
The Prison Studies data was collected between 2011 and 2013, and ranked two hundred and twenty two countries.