4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2013 Quality Declaration 
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PRISONERS IN AUSTRALIA, 2013 - TASMANIA


TOTAL PRISONER NUMBERS

  • In 2013, the overall prison population decreased 2 per cent (11 prisoners) to 483 from 2012.
  • The (crude) imprisonment rate decreased from 125 per 100,000 to 122 per 100,000 in 2013.

SEX
  • In 2013, the male population decreased 1 per cent (6 persons) from 2012.
  • In 2013, the female population increased 12 per cent (5 persons) from 2012.

AGE
  • In 2013, the median age of prisoners in Tasmania was 32.7 years.

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PRISONERS
  • In 2013, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners made up 15 per cent of the prison population.

MOST SERIOUS OFFENCE
  • In 2013, the five most common offences for Tasmania were:
    • Acts intended to cause injury (22 per cent; 106 persons)
    • Homicide and related offences (15 per cent; 71 persons)
    • Sexual assault and related offences (11 per cent: 51 persons)
    • Unlawful entry with intent (10 per cent; 47 persons)
    • Robbery, extortion and related offences (10 per cent; 47 persons).

AGE-STANDARDISED RATES
  • In 2013, the age-standardised imprisonment rate for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander adults was 462 per 100,000 of the relevant population.
  • In 2013, the age-standardised imprisonment rate for non-Indigenous adults was 128 per 100,000 of the relevant population.
  • In 2013, the age-standardised imprisonment rate for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander adults was 3.6 times that of non-Indigenous adults.

TYPICAL SENTENCE LENGTH
  • The median aggregate sentence length for sentenced prisoners was 2.0 years.

PRISONERS ON REMAND
  • In 2013, unsentenced prisoners comprised 24 per cent of prisoners.
  • Median time spent on remand was 1.5 months.

PRIOR IMPRISONMENT
  • In 2013, 65 per cent of prisoners had known prior adult imprisonment.

COUNTRY OF BIRTH
  • In 2013, 97 per cent of prisoners were born in Australia, followed by 1 per cent born in the United Kingdom.

OTHER KEY POINTS
  • In 2013, Tasmania and Western Australia are the only jurisdictions to show an overall fall in the number of prisoners (2 per cent and 1 per cent respectively).
  • In 2013, Northern Territory and Tasmania had the lowest proportions of overseas-born prisoners (both 3 per cent with counts of 49 and 15 respectively).


For further information, please consult the Prisoners in Australia, 2013 (cat. no 4517.0) publication, or contact NIRS on 1300 135 070. When reporting ABS statistics, please attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS) as the source.