ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents national statistics on prisoners who were in adult corrective services custody on 30 June 2010. 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.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
Offence data in this publication for the 2010 reference period are based on the Australian Standard Offence Classification (ASOC), 2008 (Second edition) (cat. no. 1234.0) and the revised National Offence Index (NOI), 2009 (cat. no. 1234.0.55.001) for all jurisdictions.
Data for 2009 for Western Australia and Queensland are based on the first edition of ASOC (ASOC97) and NOI02. Therefore caution should be exercised when comparing data for these jurisdictions prior to 2010. For further details see Appendix 1 and Explanatory Notes paragraphs 40-47.
Discrepancies may occur between sums of component items and totals across tables due to rounding and randomisation.
More information about ABS activities in the field of crime and justice statistics is available from the Crime and Justice theme page on the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au>. A list of other ABS publications relating to Crime and Justice statistics can be found in paragraph 108 of the Explanatory Notes.
The ABS acknowledges the valuable contribution of the Board of Management and Advisory Group of the National Corrective Services Statistics Unit and the staff of the various agencies that provide the statistics that are presented in this publication.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Paul Romanis on Melbourne (03) 9615 7362.