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4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2009 Quality Declaration 
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Contents >> Indigenous prisoner characteristics >> INDIGENOUS PRISONERS

INDIGENOUS PRISONERS

Caution should be exercised when interpreting movements in Indigenous prisoner numbers as movements may be impacted by the willingness of Indigenous people to self identify.

The number of prisoners who were Indigenous was 7,386 at 30 June 2009. This represented a quarter (25%) of the total prisoner population, compared with 24% at 30 June 2008. Indigenous prisoner numbers increased by 10% between 2008 and 2009.

CHANGE IN PRISONER NUMBERS BY INDIGENOUS STATUS, between 30 June 2008 and 30 June 2009, states and territories
Graph: CHANGE IN PRISONER NUMBERS BY INDIGENOUS STATUS, between 30 June 2008 and 30 June 2009, states and territories


The proportion of prisoners who were Indigenous varied across states and territories. The Indigenous prisoner population in the Northern Territory comprised 82% of the total prisoner population for that territory, while Victoria had the lowest proportion of prisoners who were Indigenous (6%).





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