Guantánamo by the Numbers

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 offered per man.

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

739 men have been transferred (including 9 deaths).

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

28 men are not charged with any crime or offense. 

5 have of those have been cleared for release but remain imprisoned.

10 have active cases in the military commissions system. Only 3 have been convicted (and 2 were through plea and cooperation deals).

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 now costs approximately $454 million per year to keep Guantánamo open. The Pentagon will have spent $5.242 billion on the prison by the end of 2014.

 *Seton Hall University School of Law, Report on Guantánamo Detainees, 2006.


Last modified 

January 11, 2018