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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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Males comprised 93% (27,192) of the total prisoner population at 30 June 2009, whilst females comprised 7% (2,125). The number of male prisoners increased by 6% (1,534) and female prisoners increased by 9% (168) from 30 June 2008.

The imprisonment rate for males at 30 June 2009 was 329 prisoners per 100,000 male adults, 13 times the rate for females (25 female prisoners per 100,000 female adults).

Between June 1999 and June 2009, the number of prisoners increased by 36%, from 21,538 to 29,317. Over the same period, the number of male prisoners increased by 35% (from 20,181 to 27,192) and the number of female prisoners increased by 57% (from 1,357 to 2,125).

CHANGE IN PRISONER NUMBERS, between 30 June 1999 and 30 June 2009, by sex
Graph: CHANGE IN PRISONER NUMBERS, between 30 June 1999 and 30 June 2009, by sex






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