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4125.0 - Gender Indicators, Australia, Aug 2013  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/08/2013   
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IMPRISONMENT RATES



KEY SERIES

IMPRISONMENT RATE

2003
2004
2005
(a)2006
(a)2007
(a)2008
(a)2009
(a)2010
(a)2011
(a)2012

rate

Age standardised rate (b)
Males
291.4
295.9
307.8
308.4
319.6
317.7
327.6
324.5
320.1
320.8
Females
21.1
22.0
22.6
23.5
25.2
24.4
25.9
26.7
24.2
26.2

Crude rate (c)
Males
290.8
297.2
307.4
307.9
309.3
318.4
328.8
318.7
314.1
314.6
Females
20.4
21.4
21.9
22.8
25.1
23.6
24.7
25.2
22.9
24.7

(a) From 2006, in all States and Territories except Queensland, persons remanded or sentenced to adult custody are aged 18 years and over. In Queensland, 'adult' refers to persons aged 17 years and over. Prior to 2006, in Victoria persons aged 17 years and over were also referred to as 'adult'. For more information, see Explanatory Notes 11, 24–26 in ABS Prisoners in Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 4517.0).
(b) Rates are age standardised to the Estimated Resident Population (ERP) at 30 June 2001. Rates are per 100,000 adult population. The denominator used to calculate national imprisonment rates has changed over time. For more information on rates, see Explanatory Notes 33–38 in ABS Prisoners in Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 4517.0).
(c) Rates are per 100,000 adult population. The denominator used to calculate national imprisonment rates has changed over time. For more information on rates, see Explanatory Notes 11, 18–26 in ABS Prisoners in Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 4517.0).

Source: ABS Prisoners in Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 4517.0).



RELATED SERIES

SENTENCED PRISONERS

2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012

Males (no.)
17,540
17,959
18,920
18,847
19,688
19,861
21,330
21,605
20,856
20,915
Females (no.)
1,198
1,277
1,300
1,361
1,440
1,409
1,594
1,728
1,527
1,595

Males (%)
93.6
93.4
93.6
93.3
93.2
93.4
93.0
92.6
93.2
92.9
Females (%)
6.4
6.6
6.4
6.7
6.9
6.6
7.0
7.4
6.8
7.1

Source: ABS Prisoners in Australia (cat. no. 4517.0).





AGGREGATE SENTENCE LENGTH FOR SENTENCED PRISONERS (a)

2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012

months

Median sentence length
Males
42.0
41.7
37.2
38.0
36.0
37.8
36.0
38.0
40.3
39.9
Females
27.0
24.0
22.0
24.0
24.0
24.0
24.0
25.9
27.6
24.2

Mean sentence length
Males
60.4
60.4
59.3
60.1
59.8
60.3
59.1
60.3
61.5
61.1
Females
42.2
42.6
42.1
43.2
42.2
42.4
42.8
43.3
47.3
45.2

(a) Prisoners with an indeterminate, life without a minimum or periodic detention sentences are excluded from the aggregate sentence length calculations. For further information on mean/median aggregate sentence length see Explanatory notes 51 in ABS Prisoners in Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 4517.0).

Source: ABS data available on request, National Prisoner Census.



For a historical commentary on this indicator, refer to the January 2013 release of Gender Indicators, Australia (cat. no. 4125.0)


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