Prisoners in Australia, 2012

2 Apr 2013

This publication presents national statistics on prisoners who were in adult corrective services custody on 30 June 2012. These statistics describe the characteristics of prisoners, their sentence length, the most serious offence/charge for which offenders are imprisoned, and provide a basis for measuring change over time.

Discrepancies may occur between sums of component items and totals across tables and within some summary tables due to rounding and randomisation.

The statistics are derived from information collected by the ABS from corrective services agencies in each state and territory. Details are provided on the number of people in correctional institutions (including people on remand), imprisonment rates, most serious offence and sentence length. A range of information is also presented on prisoner characteristics (age, sex, Indigenous status) and on the type of prisoner (all prisoners, sentenced prisoners, and unsentenced prisoners (remandees).

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