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4512.0 - Corrective Services, Australia, December Quarter 2014 Quality Declaration 
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/03/2015   
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26 March 2015
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra Time)
Increase in prisoners held on remand

The number of persons remanded in full-time custody (unsentenced prisoners) has risen nationally by 13 per cent (995 persons) since December 2013, according to a release today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

"One quarter of the national prisoner population were unsentenced in the December quarter 2014", said William Milne from the ABS.

"Just over 27 per cent of persons remanded in full-time custody were of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin in the December quarter 2014.

"The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners remanded in custody has increased annually, rising by nearly eight per cent (164 persons) from the December quarter 2013." said Mr Milne.

The overall number of persons in custody increased nationally by eight per cent (2,407 persons) between the December quarter 2013 and the December quarter 2014.

The Corrective Services Australia quarterly publication contains national, and state and territory information on persons in adult custody and community-based corrections in Australia.

Dec Qtr 14
Sep Qtr 14 to Dec Qtr 14
Dec Qtr 13 to Dec Qtr 14
% change
% change

Unsentenced persons in full-time custody
8 677
Unsentenced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons in full-time custody
2 359
Persons in full-time custody
34 647

Further information can be found in Corrective Services, Australia, December Quarter 2014 (cat. no 4512.0), available for free download from the ABS website -

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  • When reporting ABS data you must attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or the ABS) as the source.
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