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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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Over half (55%) of prisoners in custody at 30 June 2011 had served a sentence in an adult prison prior to the current episode. Of those prisoners sentenced in the last twelve months, 61% had a prior imprisonment. (Table 2.7).

PRIOR IMPRISONMENT(a), selected most serious offence/charge
Graph: PRIOR IMPRISONMENT(a), selected most serious offence/charge

The most serious offences/charges with the greatest proportion of prisoners who were recorded as having had prior adult imprisonment were: unlawful entry with intent (77%), traffic offences (74%), theft and related offences (70%), and offences against justice (70%). Conversely, approximately two-thirds of prisoners (68%) with a most serious offence/charge of fraud and deception, illicit drug offences (65%) and sexual assault (66%) had no prior adult imprisonment recorded. (Table 2.7)

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