4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2011 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/12/2011   
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The sentencing option of periodic detention, where detainees are in custody for two consecutive days per week and remain at liberty for the rest of the week, is available only in the Australian Capital Territory. Periodic detention ceased being a sentencing option in New South Wales in October 2010, although some persons sentenced prior to this time remain on periodic detention. There were 171 periodic detainees at 30 June 2011. More than a quarter (28% or 48) of periodic detainees were sentenced for acts intended to cause injury, followed by traffic and vehicle regulatory offences (16% or 28). (Table 2.9)

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