4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2010 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/12/2010   
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Over half (55%) of prisoners in custody at 30 June 2010 had served a sentence in an adult prison prior to the current episode. Of those prisoners sentenced in the last twelve months, 58% had a prior imprisonment. (Table 2.6)

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

The most serious offences/charges with the greatest proportion of prisoners who were recorded as having had prior adult imprisonment were: unlawful entry with intent (76%), offences against justice (72%), and theft and related offences (70%). Conversely, approximately two-thirds of prisoners (69%) with a most serious offence/charge of fraud and deception, illicit drug offences (67%) and sexual assault (66%) had no prior adult imprisonment recorded. (Table 2.6)

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