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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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PRIOR IMPRISONMENT

Over half (56%) of prisoners in custody at 30 June 2009 had served a sentence in an adult prison prior to the current episode.

PRIOR IMPRISONMENT(a), selected most serious offence/charge(b)
Graph: PRIOR IMPRISONMENT(a), selected most serious offence/charge(b)


Almost 76% of prisoners with the offence/charge of unlawful entry with intent and 62% of prisoners with the offence/charge of acts intended to cause injury or robbery and extortion had a prior imprisonment recorded. Conversely, two-thirds of prisoners with a sexual assault or an illicit drug offence/charge had no prior imprisonment recorded (66% each).

Of those prisoners sentenced between 30 June 2008 and 30 June 2009, 59% had a prior imprisonment.





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