Guantánamo by the Numbers

Last updated in May 2021

780 men and boys, all of them Muslim, have been imprisoned over time at Guantánamo since January 2002.

86 percent were sold to the United States during a time when the U.S. military was offering large bounties for capture; commonly, $5,000 was offered per man.

22 or more were children when taken to the detention camp.

39 men remain detained. Nearly all of them have been detained for over a decade.

27 men are not charged with any crime or offense, including 10 men who have been cleared for release.

12 have active cases in the military commissions system. Only 2 have been convicted (and 1 was through a plea and cooperation deal).

More men (9) have died at Guantánamo than have been convicted (8) by the military commissions.

0 senior government officials have been held accountable for the wrongful detention and torture at Guantánamo.

It costs an estimated $540 million per year to keep Guantánamo open ($13.5 million per detained man), making it the most expensive prison in the world.

Last modified 

July 26, 2021