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4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/12/2011   
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UNSENTENCED PRISONERS

The proportion of prisoners who were unsentenced was slightly higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners (24%) than for non-Indigenous prisoners (23%). For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners, this was a slight increase from the proportion at 30 June 2010 (22%). There was also a slight increase to the proportion of unsentenced non-Indigenous prisoners from 2010 (21%). (Table 4.8)


Time on remand

Time on remand is influenced by a number of factors, particularly the time it takes for a case to come before a court. For information about interpreting median time on remand based on a census 'snapshot' see Explanatory Notes, paragraphs 76-78. The median number of months spent on remand by unsentenced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners in custody at 30 June 2011 was 2 months, a slight decrease from 2.3 months at 30 June 2010. For unsentenced non-Indigenous prisoners the median number of months spent on remand was 3.2 months, a slight decrease from 3.4 months at 30 June 2010. (Table 4.8)

Unsentenced prisoners, Median time on remand and selected most serious charge by Indigenous status
Graph: Unsentenced prisoners, Median time on remand and selected most serious charge by Indigenous status



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