4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2004
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Prison population increased by 40% over past 10 years
The prisoner population in Australia has increased by more than 40% over the decade to June 2004, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
This is higher than the 15% growth in the Australian adult population in the same period.
The female prisoner population doubled to 1,672 over the decade. The male prison population had increased by 40% to 22,499 during the same time.
Overall, the adult imprisonment rate increased from 127 to 157 prisoners per 100,000 adult population over the period.
Other changes in the prison population in the 1994-2004 period include:
At June 2004, there were 24,171 prisoners in Australia, an increase of 3% since 30 June 2003. The median aggregate sentence length was 3.2 years and the median expected time to serve was two years.
Other findings as at 30 June 2004 include:
More details are in Prisoners in Australia, 2004 (cat. no. 4517.0).
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