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4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia, 2010 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/12/2010   
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Contents >> Prisoner characteristics, Australia >> Changes in the prisoner population


The total prisoner population increased by 1% (from 29,317 on 30 June 2009 to 29,700 on 30 June 2010), which is less than the 6% (1,702) increase recorded between 2008 and 2009. Between the 2009 and 2010 Prisoner Census dates:

  • the number of male prisoners increased by 1% (280) while the number of female prisoners increased by 5% (103);
  • the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners increased by 3% (198);
  • sentenced prisoners increased by 2% (409) and the number of unsentenced prisoners decreased by 0.4% (26). (Table 2.2)
Change in selected prisoner characteristics, 30 June 2009 to 30 June 2010
Graph: Change in selected prisoner characteristics, 30 June 2009 to 30 June 2010

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