Guantánamo Bay: Statistics

on 28 July 2011

A summary of Guantánamo Bay statistics, accurate as of 07 July 2014. You may also be interested in our timeline of key Guantánamo events, and our ‘Life after Guantánamo’ Q&A. 

779 acknowledged prisoners held in Guantánamo Bay to date (there are indications that various prisoners were held in Guantánamo Bay in secret from 2003 until June 2004 when the US Supreme Court ordered that the prisoners be allowed access to courts, but these prisoners have never been identified).

242 prisoners when President Obama took office.

142 current prisoners.

At least 30 prisoners are now on hunger strike.

More than a dozen of the hunger strikers are being force-fed Ensure and Reglan.

Citizens of 48 countries have been held at Guantánamo. 

80 prisoners have been transferred under President Obama: 35 returned their home countries; 45 resettled in countries that are not their home.

532 prisoners transferred under President Bush.

52 countries that have accepted Guantánamo detainees.

At least 10 detainees transferred to an undetermined country.

78 prisoners cleared for release/approved for transfer by Obama's interagency task force.

About a dozen prisoners approved for transfer in need of humanitarian protection.

36 prisoners approved for indefinite detention without trial. (2 have died in detention)

23 prisoners referred for prosecution in federal court or military commissions.

subjects of active prosecution.

59 decided habeas cases: 38 prisoners granted habeas and 21 prisoners denied habeas.

25 prisoners granted habeas who have been transferred.

6 military commission trials.

4 military commissions to end in plea bargain.

1 contested military commission trial.

1 Guantánamo detainee tried in Civilian Court under Obama.

16 Guantánamo detainees known to have been held in CIA facilities.

112 Yemenis ever held in Guantánamo.

88 Yemenis still held in Guantánamo.

58 Yemenis approved for transfer still in Guantánamo.

4 prisoners have died under President Bush.

3 prisoners have died under President Obama (1 of cancer).

It costs $800,000 extra per prisoner to keep a captive at Guantánamo rather than in a US federal prison.

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