4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2014 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 11/12/2014   
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COUNTRY OF BIRTH

At 30 June 2014:

    • Australian-born prisoners accounted for four in every five prisoners in Australia (81% or 27,397 prisoners), whilst overseas-born prisoners accounted for 18% of all prisoners (6,035 prisoners). (Table 6)

    • The proportion of overseas-born prisoners was highest for prisoners with a most serious charge/offence of illicit drug offences (42% or 1,699 prisoners). The greatest number of overseas-born prisoners with a most serious offence/charge of illicit drug offences came from Vietnam (479 prisoners). (Table 6)

    • Persons born in Sudan had the highest imprisonment rate (701.6 prisoners per 100,000 adult population born in Sudan), followed by persons born in Samoa (432.4 prisoners per 100,000 adult population born in Samoa). The number of Sudanese-born and Samoan-born prisoners was 131 and 100 respectively. (Table 21)
Graph Image for IMPRISONMENT RATE(a), selected country of birth, 30 June 2014

Footnote(s): (a) Rate per 100,000 adult population for that country of birth. See Explanatory Notes, paragraph 54.

Source(s): Prisoners in Australia