Australian Bureau of Statistics
4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/12/2009
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Between 1999 and 2009 the female imprisonment rate increased in all states and territories. In the Northern Territory, the female imprisonment rate increased from 38 to 58 female prisoners per 100,000 adult females, while in Western Australia the rate increased from 33 to 41 female prisoners per 100,000 adult females. Tasmania recorded the highest proportional increase in the female imprisonment rate between 1999 and 2009, an increase of 111% (from 10 to 22 female prisoners per 100,000 adult female population).
Between 30 June 1999 and 30 June 2009 the imprisonment rate for males increased in all states and territories, except Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. The Northern Territory recorded the highest proportional change in male imprisonment rates, an increase of 46% (from 827 to 1,210 prisoners per 100,000 adult males). Male imprisonment rates increased by 41% in Tasmania (from 187 to 264 prisoners per 100,000 adult males) and 27% in South Australia (from 234 to 298 prisoners per 100,000 adult males). The Australian Capital Territory recorded a proportional decrease in male imprisonment rates of 12% (from 153 to 135 prisoners per 100,000 adult males) while Queensland recorded an 8% decrease (from 341 to 314 prisoners per 100,000 adult males).
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