The General Delegation for the Prison Administration and Reintegration in Morocco (DGAPR) has published its annual report in which it provides recent statistics relating to the prison population in 2020, of which more than 97% is represented by men.
According to figures from the DGAPR arrested on December 31, 2020, 84,990 people were or have been detained, including nearly 2,000 women. Men therefore represent more than 97% of the total. The prison population also counts 943 minors. From 2016 to 2020, the prison population increased by 7.97% with an annual average of 1.55%.
The number of detainees has dropped between 2019 and 2020, following the royal pardon granted to a high number of detainees in 2020, as well as the suspension of the courts during the period of confinement with, in parallel, a significant drop in crime.
These same reasons explain the drop in the number of new detainees, since Moroccan prisons received 112,540 in 2019, against 104,917 in 2020.
During the 2019-2020 school year more than 4,000 inmates were enrolled in educational programs and 122 in non-formal education programs.
In addition, the DGAPR affirms that it has ensured that suitable sanitary conditions are put in place for inmates with a baccalaureate, in collaboration with the Ministry of National Education.
In this sense, the number of examination centers within penitentiary establishments has been increased to 48 for this school year instead of 15 set up the previous year (2018-2019).
In terms of vocational and agricultural training, the number of enrolled in the 2019-2020 school year reached 8,576, or 13% less than the previous school year.
This decrease is explained, according to the DGAPR, by the health situation which caused the delay in starting the training program for the second group. This usually takes place in March of each year.
As for the number of people enrolled in artistic and craft training, the DGAPR has more than 700 beneficiaries (against 880 the previous school year) within the framework of 13 craft professions in 16 educational centers. More than 613 inmates have joined the anti-Covid mask manufacturing units
The majority of them (156 men) went to art ironwork, while the women opted for sewing (20) or even carpet making (24).