4500.0 - Crime and Justice News, Apr 2001  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/05/2001   
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Corrective Services, Australia

The December quarter 2000 issue of Corrective Services, Australia (ABS Cat. No. 4512.0) was released on 29 March 2001. Some of the key findings are:

  • In the December quarter, the average daily number of prisoners in Australia was 20,769, an increase of less than 1% on the September quarter 2000.
  • Victoria and the Northern Territory made the greatest contributions to this increase, rising by 3% and 5% respectively.
  • The highest rate of imprisonment for the Indigenous population was in Western Australia with a rate of 3,001 Indigenous prisoners per 100,000 adult Indigenous population.

Copies of Corrective Services, Australia (ABS Cat. No. 4512.0) are available from the ABS for $21.00.

Community Based Corrections

Two tables containing statistics on persons in community-based corrections appeared for the first time in the September quarter 2000 issue of Corrective Services, Australia. Some of the key findings were:
  • In the June quarter 2000 there were 59,190 persons in community-based corrections in Australia.
  • Over 80% of persons in community-based corrections were males.

The statistics on community-based corrections have a financial year reference period and will be updated annually in the September quarter publication.

Prisoners in Australia

The NCCJS has been producing Prisoner Census statistics as annual reports to the Corrective Services Ministers' Council since 1994. For the first time this year the statistics are being presented in an official ABS publication. The results of the 2000 Prisoner Census will be published in Prisoners in Australia 2000 (ABS Cat. No. 4517.0) in May and will have an emphasis on national data. State and Territory data will be available in supplementary tables.

Recorded Crime, Australia

The eighth in the series of Recorded Crime, Australia (ABS Cat. no. 4510.0) for the 2000 calendar year will be released in late May. This publication will see a significant change in presentation with the emphasis on national figures for victims of selected offences and comparisons of victim characteristics at the national level across offence categories. State and Territory data will be available in supplementary tables.

Higher Criminal Courts

The fourth publication of Higher Criminal Courts, Australia (ABS Cat. no. 4513.0), presenting financial year data on the criminal workload of the Supreme and Intermediate courts in Australia, will be released in June.

This publication will contain similar information to that included in last year's release, though some of the statistics will be consolidated. This will improve the ease with which users can interpret the data and gain a more informative picture of the criminal workload of Australia's Higher Courts.