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4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/12/2009   
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Unsentenced prisoners (those 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 (36%) of unsentenced prisoners, while Western Australia had the lowest proportion (16%). The majority of states and territories reported a decrease in the proportion of their prisoner populations on remand, except for South Australia where the proportion increased from 34% to 36% and Tasmania (from 21% to 24%).

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 2009 was highest in Queensland (3.9 months), followed by New South Wales (3.4 months). The lowest median number of months spent on remand was in Tasmania (1.4 months) and Western Australia (1.7 months).

UNSENTENCED PRISONERS, median time on remand, states and territories
Graph: UNSENTENCED PRISONERS, median time on remand, states and territories

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