4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2003
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/01/2004
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Prisoner numbers have increased by 50% over past 10 years
In the past 10 years, the prisoner population in Australia increased by nearly 50%, from 15,866 in 1993 to 23,555 in 2003, according to figures released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). This increase has exceeded the 15% growth in the Australian adult population in the same period.
From 1993 to 2003 (at 30 June), the female prisoner population increased by 110%, compared to a 45% increase in the male prisoner population. Overall, the adult imprisonment rate increased from 119 to 153 prisoners per 100,000 adult population.
Other changes in the prison population in the 1993-2003 period include:
At June 2003, there were 23,555 prisoners in Australia, an increase of 5% since 30 June 2002. The mean aggregate sentence length was 4.9 years and the mean expected time to serve was 3.2 years.
Other findings as at 30 June 2003 include:
Further details including state and territory breakdowns are available in Prisoners in Australia, 30 June 2003 (cat. no. 4517.0).
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