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The NSW adult prison population grew by 14 per cent between October 2014 and September 2015, reaching a new record high in September this year of 11,801. This brings the total increase in the NSW adult prison population over the last two years to 17 per cent.
The Indigenous prison population has increased faster than the non-Indigenous population, rising by 18 per cent since October last year and 20 per cent over the last two years (compared with 12 per cent and16 per cent, respectively, for the non-Indigenous prison population).
The increase in total prisoner numbers is largely due to a growth in prisoners on remand. Over the last 12 months, the number of remand prisoners has increased by an additional 916 adult prisoners whereas the number of sentenced prisoners has increased by an additional 503 adult prisoners.