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4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2012 Quality Declaration 
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UNSENTENCED PRISONERS

Unsentenced prisoners (those held on remand) include unconvicted prisoners awaiting a court hearing or trial, convicted prisoners awaiting sentencing and persons awaiting deportation where they are under the administration of corrective services. Of all states and territories, South Australia had the highest proportion (31%) of unsentenced prisoners, while Tasmania had the lowest proportion (18%). Four states and territories recorded a decrease in the proportion of their prisoner population on remand since 30 June 2011: Australian Capital Territory (11 percentage points), Tasmania (3 percentage points), New South Wales and South Australia (both less than 1 percentage point). (Table 3.5)


Time on remand

Time on remand is influenced by a number of factors, particularly the time it takes for a case to come before a court. The median number of months spent on remand by unsentenced prisoners in custody at 30 June 2012 was highest in Queensland (3.9 months), followed by the Australian Capital Territory (3.3 months). The lowest median number of months spent on remand was in Tasmania (1.2 months) and Northern Territory (1.4 months). (Table 3.11)


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