4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2016 Quality Declaration 
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Sentenced prisoners

At 30 June, 2016:

  • Four in five (79%) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners sentenced in the previous 12 months had been imprisoned previously, compared to 55% of non-Indigenous prisoners. (Table 8)

Overall, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sentenced prisoners had shorter periods of incarceration than non-Indigenous sentenced prisoners:
  • The median aggregate sentence length for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners was 2.0 years, compared to 3.5 years for non-Indigenous prisoners. (Table 10)
  • The median expected time to serve for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners was 1.2 years, compared to 2.2 years for non-Indigenous prisoners. (Table 11)
  • The median aggregate sentence length for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sentenced prisoners was longest in South Australia (3.3 years) and shortest in Northern Territory (1.2 years). (Table 25)
  • The median expected time to serve for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sentenced prisoners was longest in South Australia (2.5 years) and shortest in Queensland and the Northern Territory (both 1.0 years). (Table 27)