Australian Bureau of Statistics
4513.0 - Criminal Courts, Australia, 2008-09 Quality Declaration
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/03/2010
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A greater proportion of males proven guilty received a sentence of custody in a correctional institution than females (64% compared with 52%). A larger proportion of convicted females were given fully suspended sentences than males (23% and 18% respectively).
The proportion of defendants proven guilty receiving a custodial sentence in a correctional institution varied across states and territories, ranging from 40% in the Australian Capital Territory to 84% in the Northern Territory.
Defendants sentenced to non-custodial orders (community supervision or work orders, monetary orders and other non-custodial orders) accounted for 15% (2,087) of defendants proven guilty in the Higher Courts.
Community supervision or work orders were most commonly issued to defendants convicted of: traffic offences (19%), abduction, harassment and other offences against the person (18%), theft (16%) and property damage and environmental pollution (16%). A greater proportion of defendants convicted of traffic offences (19%) and public order offences (14%) received monetary orders than defendants convicted of other offences.
The proportion of convicted females receiving community supervision or work orders (14%) is almost double the proportion of males (8%). A larger proportion of male and female convicted defendants under 25 years of age received a non-custodial order (45% and 36% respectively), compared with other age groups.
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