Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2002
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/01/2002
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The annual National Prisoner Census, conducted on the night of 30 June, counts all adult offenders who are held in custody in gazetted Australian prisons, including periodic detainees in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. The Prisoner Census provides a snapshot of the number of persons in prison, and is not representative of the flow of prisoners. The majority of prisoners in the Prisoner Census are serving long sentences for relatively serious offences, but the flow of offenders in and out of prisons consists primarily of persons serving short sentences for relatively minor offences.
Nationally, the imprisonment rate was 148 per 100,000 adult population at 30 June 2000. The imprisonment rates vary between jurisdictions, with the Northern Territory recording the highest imprisonment rate of 458 per 100,000 adult population (graph 11.23). This was substantially greater than the next highest rates, recorded in Western Australia and New South Wales, of 218 and 172 prisoners per 100,000 adult population respectively.
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